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The Hero We Need
Jeet Heer on Jill Lepore's The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Next to Godliness
On Karen Armstrong's Fields of Blood
‘The Book is Like a Compost Heap’: An Interview with David Cronenberg
Calum Marsh speaks with the author about his debut novel, Consumed
A Bachelor in the White House?!
On Matt Bai's All the Truth Is Out
The attraction of lunatic balls seems to have come not only from the fear of violence or unpredictability in asylum-dwellers’s behaviour, but from the existential threat of being forced to ponder the blurry distinction between sanity and insanity.— Linda Besner

Features

The Secret Lives of Dead Pigs

Our corpses react unpredictably when left underwater. Luckily for researchers interested in such things, humans and pigs decompose in remarkably similar ways.

How Predators Get Away With It

Why the Canadian media must do more to challenge its own sexism. And speak out against the predators in its midst.

The Gun As A Karmic Boomerang

Traveling the countryside of the world’s second-poorest nation: another in a series of dispatches from the Central African Republic.

The Internet’s First Family

MetaFilter began in 1999 as a sort of humane proto-Reddit. Why did a site for sharing “best of the web” links become a place where strangers help each other in real life in extraordinary ways?

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Features

The Hero We Need

Wonder Woman, the creation of a polymathic polygamist, wasn’t just ahead of her time—as Jill Lepore’s new book The Secret History of Wonder Woman shows, she might have been ahead of ours, too.

Next to Godliness

Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood touches on the political roots of yoga in India. What is yoga now, and who has it been for?

‘The Book is Like a Compost Heap’: An Interview with David Cronenberg

The filmmaker discusses the process of writing his debut novel, great illiterate screenwriters, and finding beauty in our bodies’ grislier corners.

Documentation

A couple’s kisses, from first to last, are catalogued in this short story from Shelly Oria’s upcoming collection New York 1, Tel Aviv 0.

In this ancient Pompeii, sex was marketed unapologetically, with a directness that would shame the most mercenary of modern advertisers. Independent sex workers used graffiti to advise clients of prices and locations, while erotic frescos functioned as non-verbal signage for brothels, luring in passersby.— Alexandra Kimball

Poetry

In the Key of Ursa Minor

Three fake plastic bushes per sill
in the mall promenade.
A poor man’s Platonic ideal,
like the subset that forms in my heart
for the Tyrolean girls of retail.

My omniscience evaporates
outside the subject/object divide.
Not to say you aren’t lab rats
but I believe you believe I believe in free will.

Hazlitt Books

Song of the Caged Bird

A stint teaching at a writer’s workshop in Ramallah leads the author to examine the Palestinian resistance through the literature that has shaped it. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.

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Our Pet Queen

How royalty went from almighty overlords to household mongrels — a new perspective on the monarchy. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.

Video

Pagelicker 5.0: Andrew Kaufman

Host Robert Dayton makes a cup of hot cocoa for author Andrew Kaufman as they discuss Kaufman’s latest novel, Born Weird, and the many ways in which families both make you and mess you up.