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When A Measure Becomes A Target: Inside the Economics of Repentance

 by Will McDavid 5500 words “The first messenger that gave notice of Lucullus’s coming was so far from pleasing Tigranes that he had his head cut off for his pains; and no man daring to bring further information, without any intelligence at all, Tigranes sat while war was already blazing around him, giving ear only to those who […]

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Paging Doctor Presley: Thoughts on the Healing Hands of King Mockingbird

4000 words Written by David Zahl I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes. If previous forays into the music and life of Elvis Presley had taught me anything, it was that the King was fundamentally surprising. Just when you thought you had him pinned down to a specific style or period or even medium, some fresh […]

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Dying to Live: What Are the Side Effects of the Modern Hospital?

3500 words Written by R-J Heijmen This essay comes from the inaugural issue of The Mockingbird. To order a copy, click here. To subscribe to the magazine, click here. My two sons have never seen a dead body. Of course, this is only partly true. They’ve seen innumerable dead bodies on the myriad screens which occupy so much […]

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