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On Colonoscopies and Community: A Pandemic Essay

American butts are exceptional. They must be. It should be no surprise that during a national health emergency, we look so far inside ourselves,...

What’s Dark about Dark Academia

One of my favorite posts on Tumblr, now a halfway defunct social blogging platform, restages with gorgeous brevity and absurdity one of the most...

The Fast and the Family

In the opening scene of the fourth film, a blazing petroleum tank pins Domenic Torretto (Vin Diesel) at a cliff's edge as it barrels...

Theoretical Potty

  The toy industry, which sells upward of $27 billion a year in the U.S., determines what children will play with—be it plastic cars, crying...

Dickinson Variations

Erica Fretwell, Emily Ogden, and Johanna Winant have spent Season 2 of Apple TV's Dickinson thinking about how Dickinson imagines Dickinson, a poet they all...

The Poetry of the Past

Last month, we wrote about Amanda Gorman’s poetry performance at the presidential inauguration. This month, earnest uses of American poetry in public continued to...