FROM David Auerbach
Porn Industry Monopoly When one player takes over an industry, it’s called a monopoly. There are laws that protect against monopolies in the U.S., but one industry has managed to escape them so far. A company called MindGeek runs most of the top porn streaming sites, and some porn production companies. The result is a cautionary tale about what happens when a media company both produces and distributes content.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."