"Feel-Good Movies About the End of the (Natural) World?" by Anil Narine
"In the context of impending catastrophe, the role of the superheroes is interesting. Their strengths highlight our weaknesses. In the midst of the mayhem of this baffling, seemingly anti-intellectual film, we as viewers may find ourselves pondering something a little deeper: our fragility and the precariousness of the earth." (Image by Sushil Kumar.)
"Q&A: Humane Advice for the Humanities #19" by Laura Broom
"Here’s the good advice I received from a professor my first year of graduate school: Follow the work. Don’t write a conference paper or a journal article just because you’re supposed to. Do write a conference paper or a journal article because you keep thinking about an idea or question and want to explore it further. " (Image by Véronique Debord-Lazaro.)
"H.P. Lovecraft's New Deal" by Bert Clere
"Lovecraft, rather like Thomas Jefferson, is the kind of writer and historical figure whose contradictions call for an assessment beyond mere praise or condemnation." (Image by Will Hart.)
"Costly Ignorance: Our Harmful Misunderstanding of Economic Policy" by Peter Gilbert
"It is vitally important to understand that American voters, by and large, don’t know the basics about economic policy, and that most media outlets, by and large, don’t intend to offer platforms that feature rational debate about economic issues." (Image by Gage Skidmore.)
"Big Oil Disruption: Elon Musk is the Real Iron Man" by Jerry Mooney
"[L]ike the dinosaurs, who ironically created the fuels for these corporate giants, the fossil fuel industry may be facing a sudden, meteoric demise."
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