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The Way We Shop Now

How American fiction has helped decode the history of capitalism

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The Tale of the Missing Man

An excerpt from Manzoor Ahtesham’s milestone in Indo-Muslim literature, recently translated from the Hindi by Jason Grunebaum and Ulrike Stark

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“Cat Person,” Black Maternal Mortality, and Elf on the Shelf

Past Present Episode 112

In this week’s episode, Neil, Niki, and Natalia debate the viral New Yorker short story “Cat Person”, the disproportionately high maternal death rate among black women, and the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon. 

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Bronx School Killing, Romance Novels, and Game Shows

Past Present Episode 102

In this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil debate a fatal stabbing at a Bronx high school, the history of the romance novel and its critics, and the evolution of the game show genre.

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Category Anxiety: Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

It’s been a weird year (the weirdest I can remember at least), and Thursday morning’s announcement that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature made it weirder still. But, overall, it is weird in a welcome way.

Pre-announcement speculation centered on the possibility that the prize might be awarded to an American. Given that Toni …

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