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Do video games undermine empathy? Or are they just a comfortable scapegoat for a violent culture?

Scientists search for an evolutionary reason for art. Spoiler alert: The answer is men and sex.

How does widespread surveillance effect art and free expression? The American Reader discusses these questions and more.

Tim Parks thinks the Internet is ruining the long-form novel. Other writers think he’s just being grumpy.

The brave new world of technology that senses emotions is upon us.

Do ad algorithms know us better than we know ourselves?


Lyz's writing has been published in the New York Times Motherlode, Jezebel, Aeon, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book on midwestern churches is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. She has her MFA from Lesley and skulks about on Twitter @lyzl. Lyz is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board and a full-time staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review. More from this author →