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The New York Times

The Announcements Were Once Déclassé. Then Came the Astors

It was the marriage of a Schermerhorn to an Astor that changed everything.

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Area Chicago

Trying to Make the Personal Political

a reprint of Consciousness-Raising Guidelines, a text from 1975 by the Women's Action Alliance. It is expanded with a new forward by Mariame Kaba and an afterword by Jacqui Shine.

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How to Wake the Dead: A Commencement Address

My mother, her history, and ours.

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The Awl


In my other life, I'm a Roberta.

Rev roller article

America Almost Had a Disney Theme Park with a Slavery Section ...

Inside Disney's America, the doomed '90s project that almost sunk the company.

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Boston Review

Lillian Ross: Witness

The pathbreaking work of a not-quite-New Journalist

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Pacific Standard

Inside the Police-Industrial Complex

At the 2015 convention of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a view of the public-private partnerships that have come to shape modern policing—and to complicate questions of reform.

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Pacific Standard

The Evolving State of American Policing

For a century, the annual conference of police chiefs has sounded the same complaints. Is it time to de-couple the war on poverty from the war on crime?

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LA Review of Books

The Devil in the Shape of a Preschool Teacher

A review of Richard Beck's WE BELIEVE THE CHILDREN for the L.A. Review of Books.

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Mens Journal

Top Ten Television of 2015

If the enormous list of contenders for our Top Ten is any indication, 2015 was a hell of a year for television and for how we watch it: both Netflix and Amazon have turned out some of the year's best shows and challenged the existing production system.

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The Long, Strange History of ABC Family

A channel changes its name, but can’t get rid of its religious roots

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The Awl

A List of Very Specific Things I Am Sorry About

For the Awl's end-of-year series.

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Mens Journal

Dang, That's Some Good Whitefish Salad

It's not your grandma's whitefish salad—but she probably wouldn't mind.

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LA Review of Books

Culture War: What Is It Good For?

A review of Andrew Hartman's "A War for the Soul of America."