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The Face of the Franchise

Sports video games don’t simulate sports so much as the thrill of building a brand.

Type: commentary

Disabled, Athletic, and Not Trying to Inspire Anybody

Heroic tales of disabled athletes celebrate the exceptional, and exclude those who are simply trying to compete.

Type: reporting

The Currency System in ‘John Wick’ Is a Mess

The Continental’s use of gold coins raises more questions than answers—though it’s a bit of nonsense that may actually be a sneaky good depiction of real life

Type: criticism

The Radical Possibility of Common Sense

Clear, persuasive political messages require making people see the obvious.

Type: commentary

The Political Case for More Free Time

Some people are burnt out while others are simply exploited. We can organize around the shared interest of making our free time actually free.

Type: commentary

The Future of Rural North Carolina Isn’t Written on a Ballot

What makes Down Home North Carolina different is that it sticks around.

Type: reporting

Zoned Out

Eight years ago, Chapel Hill enacted the most progressive affordable housing policy in the Triangle. Here’s how it failed.

Type: reporting

What Would Improve Life in the Rural South? Ask Rural Southerners

The revolutionary strategy of actually asking people what they think.

Type: reporting

In Praise of Ordinary Art

The everyday in a post-blog world.

Type: criticism

A Highway to Progress, Foiled by Old Values

The road to a New South.

Type: reporting

Against Personal Politics

We’ve abandoned politics for consumption.

Type: commentary

Overcoming Individualism

To become an interracial movement, DSA must build institutions.

Type: commentary

Democratic Discontent

The stories we tell ourselves aren't helping.

Type: commentary

Mind the Gap: Who Does Farm-to-Table Serve?

Comparing rhetoric and reality.

Type: reporting

The Farm-to-Table Movement and Rural Gentrification

Does farm-to-table help farming towns?

Type: reporting

Accounting for Home

Growing up, finding home.

Type: creative

The State of the Triangle Beer Scene

The past, present, and future of beer in the Triangle.

Type: reporting

#Content: Expanding Entertainment, Collapsing Criticism

We get the Tronc we deserve.

Type: criticism

What It Means to Believe Prisoners

To change anything, we must listen.

Type: commentary

Garden and Gut

On authenticity in the New South.

Type: commentary

The Radical Collective Action of Disney's 'Newsies' Is Still Relevant Today

Newsies as a lens for our political situation.

Type: criticism

White Silence Is Tragic Silence

Antiracist proclamations as white absolution.

Type: commentary

Branding the Commons

Community for profit.

Type: commentary

Bookslut | Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune by John Merriman

The Paris Commune, in light of Ferguson, Eric Garner, and Occupy.

Type: criticism

The Restless Supermarket by Ivan Vladislavić

On Ivan Vladislavić's The Restless Supermarket.

Type: criticism

Bookslut | Desperate Clarity by Maurice Blanchot

Fighting through Blanchot for the first time.

Type: criticism | academic

LSE Review of Books | In the World Interior of Capital

A frustrating and wandering treatise-cum-cultural history.

Type: criticism | academic

Bookslut | The Shadow of Things to Come by Kossi Efoui

A brilliant, Kafka-esque Togolese novel.

Type: criticism

Bookslut | Almost Invisible by Mark Strand

On some truly gorgeous prose poetry.

Type: criticism

LSE Review of Books | The Right to Housing

Critiquing Jessie Hohmann.

Type: criticism | academic

ASAGE | The Politics of Interpretation

A conference paper on Cavell, Heidegger, and Thoreau.

Type: academic

Bookslut | Fallen Land by Patrick Flanery

A novel as ambitious as it is flawed.

Type: criticism

LSE Review of Books | Race: A Philosophical Introduction

Paul C. Taylor's lucid philosophical introduction.

Type: criticism | academic

Forge | America II

A Ginsburg riff I like much less in retrospect.

Type: creative

The Rebel or the Militant

On universality and political violence.

Type: academic

Enough with the Armageddon Talk, Already!

Analyzing the uses of apocalyptic language during the 2012 election.

Type: commentary

SongLyrics | Life Is Good

Shockingly suburban, but still Nas.

Type: criticism

SongLyrics | Skelethon

Gushing over Aesop Rock's wordplay.

Type: criticism

SongLyrics | WIXIW

Diving into Liars' stunning album.

Type: criticism

SongLyrics | Bloom

On the infectious Beach House album.

Type: criticism

SongLyrics | The National('s) Image

Cataloging the National's best lyrics.

Type: criticism