Skill Issues
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
9h ago
When Marsha Linehan was seventeen, she developed terrible headaches. The family doctor didn’t seem to know what was causing them, so Linehan saw a psychiatrist, who recommended a two-week inpatient “diagnostic evaluation” at the Institute of Living, a private mental hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. A few days later she was cutting herself with the smashed lenses of her glasses. Source ..read more
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“History as It Is Happening”
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
9h ago
Rachel Kushner’s acclaimed novels — Telex from Cuba, The Flamethrowers, The Mars Room — have immersed readers in mid-century Cuba, the New York art world of the 1970s, and a women’s prison in the early 2000s. Each one is densely populated with ideas; her forthcoming novel, Creation Lake, takes on leftist communes, Neanderthals, and the bureaucratic state. Kushner doesn’t call her preparation for… Source ..read more
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The Fortress University
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
5d ago
On Monday, April 29, hours after students established the Popular University for Gaza on the lawn of the University of Chicago, President Paul Alivisatos sent a campus-wide email expressing his dismay. Alivisatos’s suggestion that the encampment was somehow violent because of the “etymological connections of the word to military origins” drew widespread scorn. But after that tendentious charge… Source ..read more
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Mortality Wars
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
1w ago
On October 25, 2023, less than three weeks after Israeli forces began dropping bombs on the Gaza Strip in response to the October 7 Hamas attack, President Joe Biden was asked at a press conference whether the six thousand Palestinian deaths reported by Gaza’s Ministry of Health meant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “ignoring” American directives to minimize civilian casualties. Source ..read more
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Character Assassination
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
4M ago
Even outside India, it can be difficult to escape the cult of Mohandas Gandhi, the lawyer, thinker, and politician who helped liberate the nation from British colonial rule in 1947. The praise ranges from the anodyne (Gandhi is a “hero not just to India but to the world,” per Barack Obama) to the ironic (“really phenomenal,” according to Burmese political prisoner turned genocide defender Aung San... Source ..read more
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Dance, Revolution
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
4M ago
“Dance these days — spring ’59 — is decidedly split into two main factions,” wrote the dancer Paul Taylor: neoclassical ballet, a modernist update of classical ballet, and modern dance, which broke free of ballet’s strictures to use movement as an expressive tool. These two genres were epitomized by the work of the choreographers George Balanchine and Martha Graham, respectively. “So when it’s... Source ..read more
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Great Personal Risk
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
4M ago
“Every miscarriage is a work accident,” Silvia Federici wrote in 1974, in the essay “Wages Against Housework.” Federici’s argument is simple. If housework is work — if cooking, cleaning, childbearing, and child-rearing are both tiring for the worker and productive for society — then why shouldn’t it be waged? What, besides a very long and successful campaign to dupe women, could lead them to do so... Source ..read more
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Gender, Troubled
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
4M ago
In 2017, a group of right-wing activists gathered in São Paulo, Brazil, carrying a life-sized dummy with Judith Butler’s face on it. Butler identifies as nonbinary, uses they/them pronouns, and is usually photographed wearing a well-tailored blazer, but the protestors dressed the puppet in blue jeans, a witch’s hat, and a black t-shirt over which they had attached a lacy, pink brassiere. Source ..read more
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Third Room
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
5M ago
In November my landlord and her family left the city to celebrate the abrupt cessation of her husband’s paralysis. They planned to visit Durango, where she had grown up, and Quintana Roo, where their daughter’s godfather lived. The family was feeling hopeful. All of us were. Before leaving, the landlord had halved my rent and given me a spare key to the private terraza on the building’s top floor. Source ..read more
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Normcore
The Drift Magazine
by Jordan Cutler-Tietjen
5M ago
Norman Finkelstein needed to reach a moral judgment. On the morning of October 7, he received an email from a friend telling him to check the news. Finkelstein was “euphoric” when he saw that Hamas militants had broken through the barrier that surrounds Gaza. “I have this kind of weird idiosyncrasy,” he told me wryly. “I like it when people break out of concentration camps. Source ..read more
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