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Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited

It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Vintage) by Jonathan Haidt
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Vintage)

Thomas Hester, January 1, 2013

Haidt mixes social psychology, political science and philosophy to create a heady brew that is likely to send a reader reeling off to think things through. While I sponsored objections to The Righteous Mind at nearly every page, I felt that Haidt himself would have been interested in my arguments if he could have heard them. The strength of the book is its empirical structure and the hundreds of supporting data adduced at strategic points.
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Loving Pedro Infante by Denise Chavez
Loving Pedro Infante

Thomas Hester, January 28, 2010

Denise Chavez has written a novel of American humor that ranks with all the great dark, ironic classics--Miss Lonelyhearts, Catch 22, Budding Prospects, The Sot-Weed Factor. Terre Avila works as a teacher's aide in a Rio Grande town. Though she's the unappreciated mistress to the town's richest, most harried married man and though she has gathered about her a coterie of friends and family who support her as they misunderstand her, Terre searches for the deep, passionate romance represented by the sexiest star in Mexican cinematic history: Pedro Infante. Will Terre find true love? We know she won't. She knows she won't. (Somewhere along the way Terre muses, "Loves gives us forget pills.") But at least with Terre Avila in her wonderfully manic story, we must ask the question, and the spirit that floods this narrative and carries us away will endure decades and decades.
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