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The Summer Syllabus: Best commentaries of 2021

This list gets smaller each year, a sure sign that my idle reading time is diminishing. It was a year of endless pandemic chores, grant-chasing and depression. But I now have job security for 6 years and it feels like a great reprieve.

One piece needs a special mention, just because it was so surprising. This is John Semley’s account of the US postal service that somehow ends up talking about everything that ails us in this scary political moment: America, Ex Post Facto. Also, loved Sharon Old’s poem First Thanksgiving, written 16 years ago but it was new to me and it hit me very hard.

Academia

America

Anthropology/ethnography

Ethics & the examined life

Funny

Games

History

Investigations

Kids & parents

Politics

Sex

Science

Technology

Writers & their writing



[How I made this (a note to self). Favourite articles were archived using instapaper and then downloaded as html via the settings page]

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