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Elizabeth Nicholas is a Master's candidate in modern and contemporary literature at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked with the Aspen Institute, Vanity Fair, Edelman Public Relations, and Verdura, among others, and has spent the past few years living in Paris, New York, and Washington, D.C. She graduated from Harvard College in 2009.

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Meeting the Tea Party in Tehran

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 4:52 PM

It wouldn't be an Iranian election without an American interjection.

As Iranians head to the polls on Friday for parliamentary elections, three Republican congressmen have taken it upon themselves to seek visas from Iran to serve as election monitors. "We're the perfect people," Representative Mike Pompeo of...

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Why Critiques of the Campus Rape Documentary The Hunting Ground Only Prove its Point

(17) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 8:49 AM

Critics of the hit documentary The Hunting Ground - which illuminates in damning detail the prevalence of sexual violence at American universities - are ramping up their attacks just in time for The Hunting Ground's prime time debut on CNN this Sunday, November 22. And if they aren't...

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Hitler, Franco, and a Banker: The Path Not Taken in Nazi Germany

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 2:22 PM

Cover image courtesy of Harvard University Press

Winston Churchill's axiom that history is written by the victors is a cliché drilled into budding historians, hinting to them, perhaps, that alternative histories can be unearthed by imagining what might have happened had the...

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Dismissive of 'Rape Culture,' a New York Times Columnist Perpetuates It in a Screed Against 'Sensitivity'

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 2:17 PM

Judith Shulevitz's cri de coeur in Sunday's New York Times against the "self-censorship" she believes is stifling intellectual debate in American universities due to the supposed heightened emotional fragility of today's students should appall anyone who cares about or believes in mental health.

In her article, Shulevitz equates...

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An Afghan War Vet Adopts the Voice of an Afghan Boy in His Heartbreaking First Novel, Green on Blue

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 8:37 PM

Elliot Ackerman. Photo by Peter van Agtmael.

Elliot Ackerman is a decorated veteran of the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan, and now the debut author of a remarkable novel, Green on Blue, out February 17 from Scribner. Green...

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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: The Joan Didion Documentary's Pioneering Approach to Collaborative Filmmaking

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:48 PM


Avery Nejam Limited Edition Print. Image courtesy of Avery Nejam

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live," Joan Didion writes to open one of her many seminal essays, "The White Album." "We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the...

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Impossible to Forget: A Review of Bret Anthony Johnston's Remember Me Like This

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 3:54 PM

In John Buchan's memoir, Pilgrim's Way, he wrote of his friend Raymond Asquith: "He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply." Though set far from Buchan's Edwardian Britain, in the dusty, down and out town of Southport, Texas, that sentiment is the same distinctive scaffolding...

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France's Burqa Ban Gets New Scrutiny in European Court

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:53 PM

Another conflict between the European Union and one of its member states has come to a head over France's prohibition of women wearing the naqib, or the full-face veil. The European Court of Human Rights is considering a case brought by an unnamed Muslim woman who says the...

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Fear and Loathing in La France: Marine Le Pen Injects Islamophobia Into the Release of Four French Hostages

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Since its founding in 1972, France's National Front, and the Le Pen dynasty that runs it, has always been vehemently xenophobic. Now, party head Marine Le Pen seems to think that French citizens who return to the country not looking adequately Anglo-Saxon have some "explaining to do" - even if...

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Maiyet in Paris: Spring/Summer 2014

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Far from the maddening crowds in the Jardin de Tuileries, Maiyet showed a gorgeous spring collection Saturday night at Paris' École des Beaux-Arts. Founded in 2011, Maiyet already has a solo store in prime Soho real estate, and is stocked by the likes of Barney's,

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Talk of the Town: Dominic Ciafardini's Caption Collection

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 1:43 PM

© Mick Stevens/The New Yorker Magazine/

Dominic Ciafardini is having something of a moment, and he has the late film critic Roger Ebert to thank. Upon Ebert's death last month, the New Yorker's cartoon editor Robert Mankoff noted that Ebert...

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City on a Hill: An Expat Reflects on the Boston Marathon Bombings

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 2:59 PM


Commonwealth Avenue, January 1, 2010

As Gertrude Stein called America her country but Paris her hometown, St. Louis may be where I was born and raised, but Boston is where I am from. When the Tsarnaev brothers bombed, shot at, and otherwise...

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Girls Rising

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 1:19 PM


Photo courtesy of 10x10

We first meet Wadley, one of nine tiny heroines in Richard Robbin's wrenching documentary Girl Rising, walking to school in Haiti a few hours before 2010's devastating earthquake. She is priming herself for a recitation of an 1802 speech...

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Invitation to a Beheading: Chuck Hagel's Confirmation Hearings

(7) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 11:10 AM

When the only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that Chuck Hagel should not be the next secretary of defense, the United States of America is in for it. In a milieu of bimonthly catfights over whether and how the government should pay its bills, mass shootings veering...

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The Luxury Un-Vote: An Open Letter to Disenchanted Millennials

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 4:44 PM

"I think I'm going to sit this election out," a 20-something friend-of-a-friend sighed to me during President Obama's dreary first debate performance, in a tone strongly suggesting he expected a high-five in reply.

"Sorry?" I asked.

"There's no difference between Obama and Romney."

"No difference to who?"


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In Good Taste: Lee Miller in Fashion and Food

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 12:09 PM

For those in the know, the name Lee Miller usually evokes topless picnics with Man Ray along the Riviera, an icy blonde modeling a violently violet hat on the cover of Vogue and some of the most striking photographs from the liberation of the Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps at...

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Game Change

(10) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 6:01 PM

"Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac," Henry Kissinger once said. That line is usually trotted out every time it becomes necessary to explain the appeal of an aging statesman to an alluring intern, but in Game Change, HBO's new docudrama about McCain-Palin ticket, the aphrodisiac of power is all internal....

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The Road Less Traveled

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 7:53 PM

Rachel Cook was manning the European rotation of her futures trading job late one night in 2008, when she clicked on Nicholas Kristof's New York Times column "The Women's Crusade". As she read Kristof's manifesto-to-arms on the impact women-to-women microfinance loans have in lifting destitute women from Kabul...

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Georgia on My Mind

(8) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 1:15 PM

"The law," Aristotle said, rather hopefully, "is reason free from passion." If at its most ideal, the American justice system reaches this tempered height, the execution of Troy Davis on Wednesday night illustrated that when it comes to two of the most inflamed subjects the courts can address--race and capital...

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They're Just Like Us

(4) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 1:39 PM

The opening pages of US Weekly feature a column with a title that has always struck me as more than a little obvious: Stars -- They're Just Like Us! A smattering of celebrities are shown in ultra-unflattering photographs, a recent sampling of which includes these stars "looking bored at meetings,"...

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