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Posts Tagged: the Point

This Week in Essays

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Here at The Rumpus, this essay by Liz Latty on challenging the fairy tale myth of adoption is receiving a tremendous response from readers. Malloy Owen has written a mind-opening essay for The Point providing a valuable perspective that challenges liberals to reexamine liberalism. Many essays on the election results have expressed complete shock. Maurice Carlos Ruffin […]

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What Was Once Breathing

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Iraqis are generalized as victims, refugees, or, in the worst case, corpses. Betty Rosen, writing for The Point, dives into Iraqi fiction and its relationship with corpses as a way of practicing radical empathy in troubling times, with Sinan Antoon’s The Corpse Washer, Hassan Blasim’s The Corpse Exhibition, and Ahmad Saadawi’s untranslated Frankenstein in Baghdad.

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Intellectual Sadism

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Lisa Ruddick, at The Point, gives a state of the union address on critical theory, arguing that current trends are leading us down a dangerous, anti-empathetic, anti-individualistic road towards “cool criticism”: Academic cool is a cast of mind that disdains interpersonal kindness, I-thou connection, and the line separating the self from the outer world and the […]

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“Porn as a Way of Life”

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John Lingan wrote an essay, “Salvation for Civilians: Porn as a Way of Life,” for The Point. He discusses the contemporary debate surrounding porn—which should not be confused with the “keeping sex sacrosanct.” Instead there’s a focus on the internet as the medium through which porn makes its way to viewers and critiquing the “greater […]

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