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By Adam Thirlwell

'In case you had now not noticed,' writes Adam Thirlwell in his first novel, Politics, 'in this booklet i'm really not attracted to whatever so small because the background of the USSR. i'm really not writing whatever so limited.' during this epic miniature, as a result, Politics tells the tale of 3 children of their twenties falling in love with each one in London. And, at the same time, it tells different, smaller tales: of Stalin at the cell, Mao within the toilet, Osip Mandelstam in one other rest room, Adolf Hitler on all fours, and Milan Kundera in an issue. Politics isn't really (quite) approximately politics.

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During the same time, enrollment has increased by nearly 30 percent. ’’ It’s a financial gamble — one that many public institutions find themselves driven to make. And it also threatens something more abstract but no less fundamental: that the university will turn into a luxury brand, its image unmoored from its educational mission — a campus that could be anywhere and nowhere. 5. 6. E NG I N E E R I NG R E S E A RC H C E N T E R R IC H A R D E . L I N DN E R CENTER The porthole windows are characteristic gestures of the postmodernist architect Michael Graves, an alumnus of the university’s design and architecture school.

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She was unquestionably the best writer in the class. S. turned around in her seat and pinned the complainers with a glare. ’’ The power dynamics of the class instantly shifted. Then something interesting happened: The white students responded. Over the weeks to come, not only did they work harder, but their comments became less defensive, more insightful. S. had challenged the white students to cast aside their expectation that the class would focus on their felt needs — including their reluctance to wrestle with present legacies of past wrongs.

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