New Yorker

Why Hasn’t Ted Cruz Responded to ‘The New Yorker’s’ “Uppity” Slur?

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“Uppity” is, to put it lightly, an ugly word. It’s got a long and unpleasant history in this country of being racially loaded, of being used to connote the idea of ethnic minorities — especially African Americans — getting above their station and challenging a white hegemony that should remain untouched. Unsurprisingly, its use in politics has been a particularly prominent issue throughout the Obama presidency, with the usual roll-call of right-wing dog whistlers — Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity — lining up to use, and then defend, the word in relation to Barack and Michelle Obama. With all this in mind, then, it was startling to see The New Yorker, of all publications, make an ass of itself this week in using the word to describe Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.
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The Best of Literary Criticism in 2014

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I’ll give it to you straight: 2014 was a weird year in literary criticism. There were a lot of “hybrid” pieces, the kind that I’m not altogether fond of. But there were, to be sure, a number of substantial essays and reviews that worked to open up possibilities in literary writing. Here, with mere hours remaining in the year, are the best pieces of literary criticism (that I can remember) from 2014. Did I miss something? Too bad. 2014 is over, and it doesn’t make sense to have two rage years in a row.
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The Case Against Typewriters

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First, Tom Hanks shocked and awed us with “Alan Bean Plus Four,” a casual reminder of baby boomer tyranny masquerading as short fiction in the New Yorker (of all places). Next, Hanks revealed that he is working on a collection of these gems, a book inspired by his perverse fetish for typewriters. Finally, the conductor of the Polar Express completed his reign of terror, his omne trium perfectum, by reminding us that the whole thing — both the New Yorker story and the collection of typewriter porn — is nothing but a setup for Hanx Writer, his already-existing, bestselling typewriter app for the iPad.
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How Disastrous Is the FCC’s Threat to Net Neutrality? Incensed Experts Explain

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Though I risk journalistic suicide in sounding like the opening of a Carrie Bradshaw column, I’ll take a moment to compare the Internet to our ideal of New York City: mega-sites backed by billions of dollars and impoverished personal blogs coexist in the same overstuffed cesspool of ideas, beholden to the same, often frustrating, means of transportation to your screen/mind: the telecom companies. And just as New York City’s glorious socioeconomic clusterfuck is caving under capitalism’s current state of ridiculous — and just as finding a space to exist here has started to seem like a dirty game of bribing and moral concession — the Internet may likewise be closing its doors to those who don’t have the means to participate in the parade of desperation.
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