Breaking cycles

Yehonatan Givati (HUJI): A Theory of Whistleblower Rewards. From NYRB, Christopher de Bellaigue on the Sultan of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey and EU seal deal on cutting migration flows into Europe. The global economy is a Ponzi scheme: Joe Romm on Black Friday, the Pope and the Paris climate talks. Human rights advocacy costs Canadian Anastasia Lin a shot at Miss World. Randall Kennedy on black tape at Harvard Law. Jim Sleeper on how we, the people, remain filled with rage: Race, Yale,

Paper Trail

A Buzzfeed profile of Turkish journalist Can Dundar points out that more than one thousand reporters have been pushed out of their jobs since the reelection of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has cracked down on the press. Dundar himself was imprisoned last week. The charge is espionage, and it is based on a report


Southern Comedy

Margaret EbyWhen it comes to literature, the word southern practically begs for the follow-up gothic. A certain set of tropes spring to mind when you mention the South: alligators and frosted julep cups, hypocritical

Daily Review

The Darkness Show: On Jokes and Terror in Paris

I don't know if other people are admitting this, but at first we made jokes. Other people were laughing, too—I could see them in the café, waving it away—but I don't suppose we're to speak of that now, for the dead are sacred, and sacred isn't funny. Which is another one of terrorism's many little victories since November 13: We're all one step further away from funny. Not real wit—there's always room for that—but dumb, deflecting humor.


Carrie Brownstein

From the opening pages of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, it's clear that Carrie Brownstein, best known as a guitarist and singer in the seminal band Sleater-Kinney, and now as an actor and the cowriter and star of Portlandia, is a writer first.


Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

Work has become central to our very self-conception—so much so that when presented with the idea of doing less work, many people ask, "But what would I do?" The fact that so many people find it impossible to imagine a meaningful life outside of work demonstrates the extent to which the work ethic has infected our minds.