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  • 10 years ago

    "When it comes to cruelty I am an artist," says Michael Malice, the Ayn Rand–obsessed protag of Harvey Pekar's Ego & Hubris. "It's too bad there's no way for me to market this gift of hurtfulness." No idle boast: Malice (the creator of overhe...

  • 10 years ago | Books

    "Everyone covers," writes Yale law professor Kenji Yoshino in Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. Actor Ramón Estévez did it when he became Martin Sheen; Jews do it when they obey the cultural edict to "be a Jew in your...

  • 10 years ago

    Tetsuzo, the orphan protagonist of Kenjiro Haitani's A Rabbit's Eyes, lives with his kindly grandfather near a garbage disposal plant. Quick to anger and nearly mute, the first-grader's only animal companions are the flies he raises from eggs and ...

  • 10 years ago

    A scientist has invented a device that allows him to converse with chickens. He places the microphone up to a bird's beak. "What do you have to say, chicken?" he asks. The bird says, "Eat the other chicken." Savor the all-ages fun of that joke: It...

  • 10 years ago

    Iris Chang first heard stories about the Nanking massacre as a young girl. During World War II, her parents told her, Japanese soldiers had slaughtered babies with bayonets. The Yangtze River had run red with blood; thousands of Chinese civilians ...

  • 11 years ago

    Sure, flies perform the noble task of eating the world's shit, but who eats the shit of the fly? Same Difference opens with this bit of stoner profundity before tackling other equally weighty questions. Those "Oriental Flavor" ramen packets, for e...

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