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The polar explorer Felicity Aston is the first woman to traverse Antarctica solo and the first...

A Seat at the Table: or, Towards a Theory of the Spoiler

A Seat at the Table: or, Towards a Theory...

On Monday, one of us “spoiled” something.  Here’s her statement of the case, for...

The Happy Slave: or, Khaleesi’s American Dilemma

The Happy Slave: or, Khaleesi’s American Dilemma

Avidly is very avid about Game of Thrones.  This is our second piece anticipating Sunday’s...

Game of Thrones in an Age of Greed

Game of Thrones in an Age of Greed

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Imaginary Idols Redux

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April 24, 2014
Antarctic Selfie

The polar explorer Felicity Aston is the first woman to traverse Antarctica solo and the first human to do so under her own muscle alone. I met her recently at an event hosted by my university’s Polar Center. In her riveting presentation, drawn from her book Alone in Antarctica (which you must read, and not only because...
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A Seat at the Table: or, Towards a Theory of the Spoiler

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A Seat at the Table: or, Towards a Theory of the Spoiler

On Monday, one of us “spoiled” something.  Here’s her statement of the case, for arbitration: I put the big event of an episode of Game of Thrones in the title—and lead image, significantly—of a recap essay I wrote. The show had aired, so–and this is what’s interesting–it did not even occur to me that...
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The Happy Slave: or, Khaleesi’s American Dilemma

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April 4, 2014
The Happy Slave: or, Khaleesi’s American Dilemma

Avidly is very avid about Game of Thrones.  This is our second piece anticipating Sunday’s premiere; find the first here. –Eds. What does it matter, to a master, how a slave feels? If you own another person—own them as though they were a thing—it seems that their feelings, this strange proof of humanness, would almost...
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We Talkin’ ‘Bout Genre

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Richard Sherman talked smack after a football game and the internet exploded. Of course, because it is the internet,...
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Come on, compadre. Come on!

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There is absolutely nothing about Point Break that is not wonderful.  Even the bad parts (there are no bad parts). ...
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Love in the Ruins: or, Should I Go To Grad School?

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On a late-spring day sometime in the mid-90s, I found myself sitting with a friend on a stone bench...
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As a part of Avidly’s process of celebrating one year of ourselves, we’re revisiting some favorite essays.  Please enjoy rereading Jordan Stein’s remarkable treatise on the very serious intellectual value of Adorno Cats.   Silly Theory November 20, 2012 By Jordan Alexander Stein Or, The Second Time as Farce   Some years ago, I found...

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Antarctic Selfie

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The polar explorer Felicity Aston is the first woman to traverse Antarctica solo and the first...

A Seat at the Table: or, Towards a Theory of the Spoiler

A Seat at the Table: or, Towards a Theory of the Spoiler

On Monday, one of us “spoiled” something.  Here’s her statement of the case, for...

The Happy Slave: or, Khaleesi’s American Dilemma

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Avidly is very avid about Game of Thrones.  This is our second piece anticipating Sunday’s...

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Game of Thrones in an Age of Greed

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