Category Archives: Current Events

Astonishing News: Rebekah Brooks Is Back at News UK

The New York Times reports that Rebekah Brooks, after having “stepped down [from her post] and [been] arrested and accused of phone hacking, among other crimes,” is going back to her old job as chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British … Continue reading

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7th Chacao Literary Festival: Caracas at its Most Bookish

A few years ago, I attended the Festival de la Lectura Chacao for the first time. I’m happy to say that its 2015 iteration is still quite enjoyable. For eleven days, the festival is set up in the Altamira Plaza … Continue reading

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“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”: Documentary on Feminism

[A/N 4/17/15: For my full review of the film, click here.] In 2013, an assistant professor at the history department of Boston College thought there was a problem with many students’ attitudes on feminism. The few undergraduates who espoused feminist views … Continue reading

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The 50 Year Argument: Film Profiles of Great Minds

I have watched (and re-watched, and re-watched) Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s filmed love letter to the New York Review of Books, celebrating its 50th anniversary last year: The Fifty Year Argument (2014). This documentary is a smorgasbord of intellectual, … Continue reading

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New Republic: 100 Years

The New York Times let me know a few mornings ago that The New Republic is turning 100. The first issue of this envelope-pushing publication came out on November 7th, 1914. Franklin Foer, the magazine’s current editor, has stated that … Continue reading

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Just Read: Amanda Hess Calls Out Myopic Journalists

I’ve enjoyed reading Slate staff writer Amanda Hess’ articles before (particularly her piece on why many men misinterpret #YesAllWomen, and her piece on Jill Abramson’s impact during her tenure as the executive editor of the New York Times) but I … Continue reading

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Just Seen: New York Times Video “Escaping Death in Northern Iraq”

The New York Times posted this seven minute video feature on the story of Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi soldier who survived a terrible massacre caused by ISIS militants. Up to 1,700 men may have been killed over three days … Continue reading

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