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Daniel Tiffany’s “Cheap Signaling,” with its provocative argument about class conflict and poetic diction, ignited conversation on- and offline. This week we’re rolling out 11 striking essays in response, starting today with Aaron Kunin, Danielle Pafunda, Chris Nealon, and Ammiel Alcalay. Stay tuned to hear from Marjorie Welish, Jen Scappettone, Katy Lederer, Michael Clune, Susan Briante & Farid Matuk, Johannes Göransson, and Carmen Gimenez Smith.
"The Scotland that I fantasize about is a Scotland that existed in the past."
- Alisdair Gray, Scottish author, as interviewed by Stephan Phelan’s piece on Scotland’s divisive independence vote. Read it now on the BR website:
I will also say that I spend a good deal of time looking at art and, like a lot of 13 year old girls, I have a Tumblr. And that does function as a visual scrapbook, predominantly of visual art works I’m thinking about or have come across in reading, in person, or in digital archives. — Brett Fletcher Lauer, in an interview with William Brewer for the Boston Review
Perhaps the most shocking part of 10:04 is just how kind it feels. — Anthony Domestico on Ben Lerner’s new novel.
There is much to learn from the historic revolt of Market Basket employees and customers that saved its successful business model—featuring low prices and high quality jobs—and brought Arthur T. Demoulas back in control of the company.
On September 25th, a MIT / Boston Review Forum will bring together experts in leadership, corporate governance, finance, marketing, operations, and labor to discuss the key lessons learned and how to put them to work in teaching and practice and hear directly from people at Market Basket who made it all happen.
The Forum is open to the public and free! But space is limited: register here.
M.R.R. and her children are languishing in an immigration jail.
They are some of the more than 600 women and children being held at an isolated makeshift detention facility in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) located in Artesia, New Mexico.
Read more of Lauren Carasik’s piece on “The American ‘Deportation Mill’”: http://www.bostonreview.net/us/lauren-carasik-artesia-fletc-immigrant
We’re proud to announce the winner of our 2014 Poetry Contest. Congratulations to francine j. harris of Traverse City, MI!
Read “Canvas,” one of the winning poems, here.
Before the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday, we turn our thoughts to Northern Ireland, where the Reverend Ian Paisley—the Big Man of Northern Ireland—has died.
Read Roger Boylan’s piece on the Reverend’s life, the turbulent period of Northern Ireland’s birth, and the literary legacy of the Troubles online here.
Just as misconceptions among Syrians failed to predict the intifada, international discourse around the revolution has failed, perhaps willfully, to understand it and respond properly. — Sadik J. Al-Azm on Syria in Revolt