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Philip Guston, Untitled, 1971, Ink on paper, 26.7 x 35.2 cm = 10 1/2 x 13 7/8 in, Private Collection. © The Estate of Philip Guston, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth [GUSTO77446]

In a number of Philip Guston’s more than 100 cartoon-style drawings of Richard Nixon, which are currently on view at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in New York City, the former President’s nose and jowls are transformed into a cock and balls (or scrotum).[1] We can understand that Guston, in his sixties, was making his way […]

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I have been following a rather amusing story recently: one involving an eccentric attorney and some potentially salacious information. Today, the Supreme Court weighed in, and Steven Nelson of U.S. News and World Report took note: The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not intervene to allow release of phone records from the late ‘D.C. […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 16:  U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland is introduced by U.S. President Barack Obama as the nominee for the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Merrick currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and if confirmed by the US Senate, would replace Antonin Scalia who died suddenly last month.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Most people seem to believe that Judge Merrick Garland—President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court vacancy—will not be given a hearing by the US Senate. Senate Republicans appear staunch in their position that they will only consider a nominee from the next President. Garland, according to the common wisdom, is a sacrificial lamb; his moderate bona […]

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Whig primary, 1848 - An Available Candidate, The One Qualification for a Whig President

Many people in Europe believe without saying, or say without believing, that one of the great advantages of universal suffrage is that it calls men worthy of the people’s confidence to take charge of public affairs. The people do not know how to govern themselves, but, it is said, they always want the State to […]

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Last week, Matt Taibbi posted a piece in Rolling Stone about Bernie Sanders’ now-official candidacy for President. Taibbi paints Sanders as a true outlier in that he’s beholden to his ideals and his constituents, as opposed to monied interests. The resulting picture is a flattering one: [Bernie Sanders] is the rarest of Washington animals, a completely […]

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  Popular Music on the Contemporary Campaign Trail   By Justin Patch   {Editor’s Note: This is the first in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders, one of the borders here being between pop culture and politics. Or do we now best understand our democracy and its political campaigns as a genre […]

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A Syrian man holds lifeless body of his son, killed by Syrian Army, Aleppo, Syria, October 3, 2013, photo by Manu Brabo - AP

  Popular Music on the Contemporary Campaign Trail   By Justin Patch   {Editor’s Note: This is the first in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders, one of the borders here being between pop culture and politics. Or do we now best understand our democracy and its political campaigns as a genre […]

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February 8, 2017

How does the slogan “man is a wolf to man” fit in with your later, somewhat hopeful image of camaraderie in the class struggle? I mean, if your starting assessment of human nature is correct, then doesn’t the class struggle actually come down to one group of savage beasts fighting another, the exploited class merely comprising those wolves with less opportunity to express their lupine ferocity? And don’t the exploiters no less than the exploited regularly turn against one another, so that besides the strife of classes, there is also the strife of each wolf against every other wolf? Wha...

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  Popular Music on the Contemporary Campaign Trail   By Justin Patch   {Editor’s Note: This is the first in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders, one of the borders here being between pop culture and politics. Or do we now best understand our democracy and its political campaigns as a genre […]

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December 13, 2016

Any doubts I may have had have been thoroughly quashed.

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Bakewell on Sartre: “Of course, he was monstrous. He was self-indulgent, demanding, bad-tempered. … I disagree with quite a lot in Sartre. But then there is the question of ‘character’—and Sartre is full of character. He bursts out on side sides with energy, peculiarity, generosity, and communicativeness.”

  Popular Music on the Contemporary Campaign Trail   By Justin Patch   {Editor’s Note: This is the first in Zeteo‘s Fall 2014 series of pieces related to borders, one of the borders here being between pop culture and politics. Or do we now best understand our democracy and its political campaigns as a genre […]

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November 29, 2016

What a nice review ! I've read Bakewell and admire her courage and skill in mixing biography and philosophy in such an attractive way -- and I admire your skill in presenting the figures and themes of existentialism in an equally attractive way ! Mazel tov !

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