Puns Don’t Kill People: An Almost-History of Puns

Puns Don’t Kill People: An Almost-History of Puns

The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics by John Pollack Gotham Books, 211…

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“Deadly and Unglamorous”: Cigarette Warning Labels, Class War, and Chocolate

“Deadly and Unglamorous”: Cigarette Warning Labels, Class War, and Chocolate

An era is ending, an era, which for better or for worse, I’ve called my own for many years, and, until the reality of my…

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A Defense of Criticism; or, “If You Liked it Then You Shoulda Put a Leash on it”

A Defense of Criticism; or, “If You Liked it Then You Shoulda Put a Leash on it”

At TrainBust and in general, we spend a lot of time thinking and writing critically about culture. For this, we receive a good deal of criticism…

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Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Poetry in the Age of Digital Reproduction

There is a definite connection between art and material base, between art and the totality of the relations of production. With the change in production…

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Suppose Slaughtering Puppies Directly Contributed to the Assassination of bin Laden

Suppose Slaughtering Puppies Directly Contributed to the Assassination of bin Laden

We can do this the easy way or the hard way.   It seems the naysayers, rather than Orwell, were correct: “the English Language is…

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Are Colleges and Universities Responsible for Students’ Careers? Liberal Arts in the–Oh, Never Mind

Are Colleges and Universities Responsible for Students’ Careers? Liberal Arts in the–Oh, Never Mind

Liberal Arts Education in the United States needs all the defense it can get right now. Economically-minded students are passing it up for business and…

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