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Magic + Loss

Virginia Heffernan

Tech and politics for English majors.

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Habeas Trump

Jury trials focus on human bodies. Intently, almost pruriently. In common law, habeas corpus—“you shall have the body!”—means a person who’s charged with a crime must appear, physically, before a judge. This is not just for the judge but fo...

21 days ago

Tech Solitaire

What exactly do men do in their tricked-out electronic hideaways? You know, when they’re “working.” “What do you do in there?” I asked my husband, a carpenter, about his shop. “Listen to audiobooks by Sebastian Barry,” he said. “Tune the dr...

23 days ago

You Are Not a Prey Animal

Predators, like cats and owls, have eyes that look straight ahead. The position of their eyes allows for binocular or stereoscopic vision, and depth-perception. They can focus, aim true, and pounce. By contrast, prey animals, like cattle an...

a month ago

Talking to My Son about Glenn Gould

Good news! Magic + Loss is merched up. Check out “The Bide Adudes” tees for sale here. $1 of each sale goes to the re-election campaign for Joe Biden—who imho is sweeping the table. PART II (see part I here) by Ben Samuels and Virginia Heff...

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The writers behind this newsletter.

  • Virginia Heffernan

    Journalist at WIRED — & also New York Times, LA Times, Politico, The Economist, The Atlantic, WaPo, Foreign Policy, &c. Podcasts: Trumpcast and This Is Critical. Book: MAGIC AND LOSS. PhD fwiw.

  • Virginia Heffernan

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