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Nathaniel Zelinsky

Nathaniel Zelinsky is a master’s student in history at Clare College, the University of Cambridge. He received his BA in history from Yale, summa cum laude, in 2013 and was awarded the Paul Mellon Fellowship to study at Cambridge. His research focuses on the intersection of culture and politics in the 20th century. His master’s thesis examined the concept of “victory” and victory propaganda among the Allied powers in the Second World War. Nathaniel has previously published in popular outlets, such as the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Hartford Courant, and National Review.

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  1. Joe says:

    Justice Stewart might have been sensitive to response to his usage himself since he noted shortly after the opinion in a dissenting opinion to Ginzburg v. U.S.:

    “I have referred to such material before as hard-core pornography, without trying further to define it. Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U. S. 184, at 378 U. S. 197 (concurring opinion). In order to prevent any possible misunderstanding, I have set out in the margin [footnote provided] a description, borrowed from the Solicitor General’s brief, of the kind of thing to which I have reference.”

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