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Does It Matter If Elena Kagan Is Gay?

over 4 years ago

Elena Kagan's friends assure us that she's not gay. "I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight," Kagan's roommate in law school told Politico. And former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who knew her at Princeton, says she certainly dated men while in college. Even the ...

Think, See, Feel

Martin Amis, Still Famous, Is Enough for Us

over 4 years ago

The relationship between literary talent and literary fame is not so interesting to discuss (being so much discussed, and yet being uniquely subjective). Why should we care if the writers we love are also famous, or even consistently described by tired but still meaningful terms like “glamorous”—or ...

Daylight Atheism

Yes, That's Me in the Burqa

over 4 years ago

By Sarah Braasch In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) I am an incipient First Amendment lawyer and a staunch church-state separatist. I surpass even my most progressive friends and colleagues in my unflinching and unwavering support of the freedom ...

Trend World

Can Documentaries Really Change the World?

over 4 years ago

Long before reality television challenged our faith in the sustainability of the human race, documentary films were an intriguing look into the minds and hearts of some fascinating subjects. By the time Michael Moore used the medium as a microscope into the inequities of corporate and political ...


"Jihadi Intent"

over 4 years ago

War-on-terror hawks may believe we must kill and intimidate people who have some nebulous terrorist intent. But Robert Wright is surprised that President Obama would entertain the notion.


Supreme Disclosure

over 4 years ago

William Saletan argues that we shouldn't ask Elena Kagan is she's gay, and she needn't volunteer an answer. Forced disclosure isn't just a threat to the nomination, he writes, it's a threat to freedom.