a grotesque history of halloween

Is there any night as justly hallowed as October 31? The question is rhetorical, and the answer, of course, is no. No other holiday celebrates the intersection of the otherworldly and carnal as heartily as Halloween: the double, double toil and trouble (fire burn, caldron bubble); undead spirit incarnate as flesh and body; the corporeal …

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on hiding brushstrokes: putin and public image

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been soaking up every minute of his recent place at the forefront of the American press. Russia was instrumental in the international chemical weapons deal with  Syria that avoided President Obama's plan to go to war, and Putin knows it. He loves it, almost as much as he loves homophobia …