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  1. One night — one of those nights when the world breaks –I said to friends: I need to dance. Watch that I don’t do anything crazy. And I danced. The dancing did not fix the world, but it made the brokenneness a little more bearable.

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  2. “Strip away the sonorous rhetoric of nationhood and bogus history, and you have the neoliberal project at its purest and most explicit… Behind every populist assertion of Britishness stands a smiling Old Etonian with an offshore account.”

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  3. “Those predators you’re so worried will sneak into the Target bathroom? They’re all around you.
     
    They are your Priest, your kid’s coach, your neighbor, your uncle, your youth group leader, your United States Speaker of the House.”

    Commentary
  4. “Derailment and posturing from the Right will meet with self-sabotaging and posturing on the Left, and both sides will shadowbox over gun control while favoring magical thinking over an acknowledgement of the horizon of possibility.”

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  5. I am jealous of Paris and of Charlie Hebdo. The world mourns their losses and pledges to defend their freedoms, as it should. I only wish that St Louis . . . could have inspired a more perceptive cartoon to match its homegrown hybrid of Hebdo-Hoosier satire.

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  6. My dad passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease in July of 2012, fewer than two years after he was diagnosed…. I’ll never understand why it had to happen to him…. So when Ms. Hoekstra asks, ‘Does Stephen Hawking care if you dump ice on your head?’ it’s easy to see why I’d be upset.

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  7. People who are marching to the center of Istanbul are demanding their right to live freely and receive justice, protection and respect from the State. They demand to be involved in the decision-making processes about the city they live in.

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  8. But more importantly, it’s our fault — the audience — for falling into the trap so obviously set for us: rather than taking time and thinking critically about the images we are delivered on a mass scale, we’ve accepted that a knee-jerky, short-form response is more suitable and more powerful.

    Commentary
  9. So, Governor, when you say ‘work harder,’ I want to know if you’re really asking me to add another 15-20 hours to my week? If not, where do I make the cuts?

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  10. My question for the six boycotters is this: if you cannot physically bear to sit in a room and show solidarity with people who have been murdered for drawing cartoons — murder being the most terminal form of censorship — then what is the point of belonging to PEN at all?

    Culture
  11. Documentary is not a word used to describe scenes in which you ask family, such as cousins, lovers, friends or fixers and others in your employ to act as props and set things up for you as they might occur in real life. Documentary means waiting for it to occur in real life.

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