Art after attacks

The most pressing issues on my mind revolve around myself: whether I’ll get engaged in the next year, if I’ll finish my thesis in time. This is the world that extends from my childhood, that still contains slivers of innocence. But while I’m showing a friend around my hometown one Friday night, a girl my age is shot in the stomach while eating at a restaurant in Paris and killed.

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Debates, the political process and the lessons of FDR

The first Democratic presidential debate is now history. Clearly, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders dominated the discussion, but my takeaway from the debate was its overall mood. Yes, all five candidates showed concern and even anger at the nation’s economic direction. And like most campaign debates, there was the usual “hyped up” political outrage, especially on issues of income equality and middle-class decline. However, compared with the two Republican debates, there was true concern for individuals struggling to improve their lives and a real effort to combine hard-nosed electoral politics with a social justice outcome.

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Advise and Consent: Are crowdsourcing sites democratic or oppressive?

Is it possible to travel responsibly and ethically, but also to have a great time? The tension between these goals occasionally became obvious on my recent summer trip with my wife through southeast Asia, where the hegemony of the travel advice website TripAdvisor felt overwhelming.

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