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The contradictions of ballet, Fox News’s lies, the Oscars, and more

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Nation Weekly
March 10, 2023
“Pain, of course, is not the same thing as effort,” writes Glory Liu. But “ballet relies on this economy of pain: The ability to withstand pain, both physical and emotional…it is the spectacle that draws audiences in the first place.”

For our latest issue, Liu—a ballerina and political theorist—reviews two new books by dancers-turned-writers that explore the strength and exploitation involved with practicing ballet, along with the ways in which the art can be rewarding, and beautiful, nonetheless.

The Costs and Contradictions of Ballet
Alice Robb’s Don’t Think, Dear and Ellen O’Connell Whittet’s What You Become in Flight explore both the liberating sense of art and the domineering logic of ballet.
Glory Liu
Fox News May Finally Be Forced to Pay a Price for Its Lies
The Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit has placed the network in real legal jeopardy, and even its friends might not bail it out this time.
Elie Mystal
What the Oscars Represent: Meritocracy Without Merit
In Michael Schulman’s extensive history of the awards, Oscar Wars, he documents how the institution’s reactionary origins still leak into today’s film culture.
David Hajdu
Marianne Williamson: “Anything Is Possible”
Days after Marianne Williamson announced her 2024 presidential bid, The Nation’s John Nichols spoke with the candidate about why she’s making this run.
John Nichols
The Widespread Cruelty of Death Care Disparities
We live in a world where the quality of care you receive while dying depends on how much you can afford.
Priti Gulati Cox, Stan Cox
Hooked On Women’s Hoops with Kate Fagan
On this episode of the Edge of Sports podcast, we discuss a new illustrated history of women in basketball.
Dave Zirin
Ron DeSantis Says, “The Left Made Me Do It”; Plus Our Oscar Preview With John Powers
On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, Chris Lehmann talks about the DeSantis book, and John Powers complains about the Academy Awards.
Jon Wiener, Start Making Sense

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