2015 Sex Issue

  • Conflicts of Interest: You, me, and Alcibiades

    Conflicts of Interest: You, me, and Alcibiades

    Plato’s “Symposium” begins with a confusion regarding time, as the narrator Apollodorus is asked about a drinking party—that’s the meaning of the word “symposium”—where Socrates and the great, but hugely flawed and handsome general Alcibiades talked about sexual desire, or Eros. Alcibiades had...

  • Field Tripping: Missing Mardi Gras

    Field Tripping: Missing Mardi Gras

    When people from outside New Orleans think of Mardi Gras, I think they mostly imagine people flashing their tits at drunken men leaning over balconies, throwing beads and trying to ring the most erect nipples in the crowd. Or at least that’s what I imagined before I moved there in 2007 for a job...

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