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| Winter, 2013
Obamaforward3

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Four years on, the heady idealism of 2008 makes me cringe …

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| Winter, 2013
Waldenfisherman

The summers when I was in middle school I spent hiking out West, and we did a lot of putting one foot in front of the other in the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been. But I don’t think that …

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| Fall, 2010
boredom

If you have spent any significant amount of time in some kind of creative endeavor you have probably also spent a lot of time being bored. Your day tends to be unstructured and open, leaving room to do nothing that …

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| Spring, 2012
tigerwithfamily

When Amy Chua published an article in the Wall Street Journal last January entitled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” people were offended. The article—an excerpt from her memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother—makes the case for a “Chinese” style of parenting in …

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| Spring, 2012
WTCsunset

In the summer of 2010, a strange controversy ignited around a proposal to build an Islamic community center roughly two blocks from the former World Trade Center site. The design for the facility included a prayer room, but also a …

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| Spring, 2012
Oprahobama

In May of 2011, Oprah aired the final episode of her talk show, ending a 25-year run. now that her show is done, Winfrey is not, of course, planning to retreat into a state of respectable semi-obscurity like an ex-president. …

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| Spring, 2012
Franzen Wallace3

Jonathan Franzen and David Foster Wallace, the two most important American writers of their era, both grew up in the Midwest. Franzen describes his childhood in Webster Groves, Missouri as having unfolded “in the middle of the middle [where] there …

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occupyideas

Thanks to everyone who sent in Points this year—here were our five most popular based on page views: 1.) Point 47: What a supremely minor thing! A button that says “like.” But what other habit so minor, besides breathing, or …

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Tribute-in-Light

On September 11, 2001, just as I finished my breakfast, I received a call from a friend who knew I lived without a TV…

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| Spring, 2011
Coetzee

In his essay, “What is a Classic?” T.S. Eliot answers his own question. A classic, he says, is an ideal literary work, mature in literary terms and produced in a “mature society.” A good reader should be able to place …

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