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Learning to Read at Seventeen

Getting the lyrics wrong, and yet learning to abide.The psychoanalyst Adam Phillips once observed that people don’t strive to be what they already are....

Feel Free: On the Difference Between Art and Sentimentality

In the afterword written for the 2014 reissue of Let’s Talk About Love, Carl Wilson’s 2007 book about Celine Dion and bad taste, Wilson...

Isla Vista: Two Essays

In the wake of the recent shootings, Avidly offers two essays about the challenge of reading Isla Vista: "The Mein Kampf  of Isla Vista" by Kirsten...

Invisible Children

We were supposed to be reading some book, about some subject, for some test. My inability to remember which book, for what purpose, and...

Disrupting the Higher Education Content Cycle

Nicholas Kristof spent the weekend reviving the old canard that academics have removed themselves from the public sphere through obscure prose and interests. Among...

We Talkin’ ‘Bout Genre

Richard Sherman talked smack after a football game and the internet exploded. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioo1iUdwAlU?rel=0] Of course, because it is the internet, the conversation has mostly been...