Politics

The Sleepwalking American Male

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Traumatized by dramatic, often violent change, American men become sleepwalkers precisely in order to flee the anxieties and responsibilities of life in democratic America.

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Finding Freedom

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We never want something more than when it has been taken away from us. The opposite of freedom is confinement.

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We Have to Trust Our Punch: A Conversation with Kevin Young

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Kevin Young discusses Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, America’s relationship to hoaxes, and what we can learn from that relationship.

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ENOUGH: As Though Nothing Had Happened at All

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A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

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The Causality Runs Both Ways: A Conversation with Joshua Clover

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Joshua Clover discusses his book Riot.Strike.Riot, mediating between individual agency and structural determination, and finding hope in student action.

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Dispatches from the Swamp: The Babble in the Bubble

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To the extent that America—that great big word that makes us all so anxious—exists at all, it exists as a vast and noisy sheet of bubble wrap.

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Slush Piles in White

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The sensibilities of whiteness do not want us to work, do not want us to think, do not want us to imagine outside of its bounds.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #111: Alexandra Kleeman

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“Are we going to try to restore our country to the condition it was in before, or we going to try to imagine something better?”

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Fidel Castro: The Playboy Comandante

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The comandante produced ideological fantasies on a mass scale within the context of the Cold War which led to an exotic, sexy, and happy vision of Cuba.

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Blue, Blue Windows: On Writing and Helplessness in the Age of Trump

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The brain in the jar wants out, you know. It just can’t do anything about it.

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