Jack Dorsey Tried to Be Cool, But the Company He Built Is Deeply Conventional

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Jack Dorsey always looked like a person who was trying to affect something else. He was the CEO of two big Silicon Valley tech companies—Square and Twitter—and is, as of today, just the CEO of one after leaving the latter. But he tried to present himself as something else. A “cool CEO,” maybe.

Instead of button-down business casual, Dorsey wore drapey, oversized, Yeezy-brand-esque black T-shirts.

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Cracked, &c.

The Nutcracker balloon hovers above the crowd during the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, November 28, 2019. (Caitlin Ochs / Reuters)
On a cancellation of The Nutcracker; Russia’s threat to Ukraine; the screwiness of the Women’s March; the bravery of J.K. Rowling; and more
Now they have come for The Nutcracker. What I mean is, did you see this? The Berlin State Ballet has canceled Tchaikovsky’s ballet on grounds that the Chinese dance and the Arab dance give offense. Well, they give offense to those who are truly dying to take offense.

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The trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery’s killers embody a big problem with the justice system

We can start with the fact that there were even trials at all. Only a very small percentage of criminal cases are ever presented to a jury. Most defendants, including the innocent, are pressured to accept a plea bargain. As University of North Carolina law professor Carissa Byrne Hessick documents in her book “Punishment Without Trial,” the pressure comes from all sides. Prosecutors pile on charges to get defendants to plead guilty to at least a few of them. Overworked public defenders don’t have the time to take cases to a jury and can feel pressure to persuade clients to plead.

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Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has probably not had the year he had hoped for. In late spring, New York Times reporters Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang made waves with the release of their new book, An Ugly Truth, which took readers deep inside Facebook’s cutthroat corporate culture and revealed that internal concerns about the spread of hate and misinformation on the social media titan’s massive platform were routinely sidelined in the pursuit of pure profit.

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Gayl Jones’s Epic of Liberation

Detail from a map by Joan Blaeu, 1686. (Getty)

Upon its publication in 1975, Gayl Jones’s literary debut, Corregidora, was met with great acclaim. Jones’s mentor and teacher, the poet Michael Harper, had introduced her work to his friend, the editor and novelist Toni Morrison, who published Corregidora and also Jones’s second novel, Eva’s Man, the following year. Still in her mid-20s, Jones was immediately heralded for her genius by readers as diverse as James Baldwin and the New York Times critic Raymond Sokolov.

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Alexander Bogdanov’s Secret History of Martian Socialism

For many years, the Russian revolutionary Alexander Bogdanov was remembered, by those who remembered him at all, as a minor figure in the history of the Russian Revolution who had challenged Vladimir Lenin’s leadership of the prerevolutionary Bolshevik Party. It wasn’t until 1984 that his pioneering 1908 science-fiction novel Red Star was translated into English.
Long before the work of Ursula K.

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Editorial: Colleges’ overreliance on adjunct faculty is bad for students, instructors and academic freedom

The era of college courses taught mostly by tenured professors, who spend time on research and scholarly pursuits in addition to teaching, has been fading fast. Increasingly, the work of instructing students now rests with lecturers or adjuncts — non-tenure-track faculty, almost always working part time for less money and with almost no job security.

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The ‘Visible Deterioration’ in American Democracy Is Just the Start

While many in the media and political landscape are distracted by the phantom menace of wokeness, the US was just added to an annual list of “backsliding” democracies for the first time ever.
It’s an urgent reminder to Americans battling windmills like Critical Race Theory and The 1619 project, and desperately rehabilitating former Trump officials, that we have less than a year to try and save our ailing Republic from an increasingly radicalized and weaponized GOP death cult.

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