Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

Station ElevenThis is a beautiful, elegiac, heartbreakingly sad novel of the post-apocalyptic genre, that transcends the usual preoccupations we have about the End of the World and weaves meditations on fame, regret, culture, and human relationships throughout its 333 elegantly written pages.

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That Duel

211 years ago today, Aaron Burr (the Vice President) shot and killed Alexander Hamilton (the former Treasury Secretary and still leader of the Federalist Party) on a dueling ground in Weehawken, New Jersey.Aaron Burr

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That flag

Yeah, of course that flag should come down from above the South Carolina statehouse. It’s been an embarrassment for years. It sucks that it took a terrible, mind-numbing tragedy like what happened in the Charleston AME church in June, and it does not in a million light-years atone for that tragedy, but it’s still a good thing that it’s gonna come down.

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