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Searching for Calvin’s Dad

The “recluse” artist is an endangered species, but there’s still one artist keeping the idea of the private public figure alive: Bill Watterson, writer and illustrator of Calvin and Hobbes.

The Art of Exploitation

What makes Amanda Palmer’s form of exploitation particularly clever is that it doesn’t look like exploitation — it looks like happy people sharing a good time.

Barzun’s Guide to Baseball

I’d like to argue, though, that there is more here than just a seasonal shift — that a more cosmic confluence exists between Passover, Easter, and baseball that enriches and enlivens why so many of us love so dearly this age-old American pastime. Here, I want to turn to Jacques Barzun.

The Inaccessibility of the American Courtroom

Between the “legalese,” the adversarial nature of proceedings, and the physical divisions of the courtroom, it comes as no surprise these spaces feel increasingly unapproachable to the general public.

Found in Translation

Yet in reading translations of contemporary poetry written in non-Western languages, I’ve noticed that they often feel the same. These poems feel… translated.

While Everyone Was At South By Southwest I Was At Emo’s East

Emo’s had seen Austin, buoyed by SXSW, come into itself as the live musical capital of the world. And then it watched as the city outgrew itself.

The Cliff Face of Nullification

Pot legalization certainly stands out in a lineup of states’ rights causes that also includes slavery and school segregation, but it’s still just part of a conservative tradition of undermining federal authority.

So Much I Don’t Know

Today we introduce guest correspondent Roanne Kantor. Roanne writes to us from Bihar, India, where she is assisting her husband, Hayden Kantor, with his anthropological field research.

Six Songs About American Cities

America! Songs about the city from the Memphis Jug Band, Sugar-N-Spice, Angels of Light, Steely Dan, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and Liz Phair.