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The profound ugliness of his character

A “hiero” in the White House: Antonio Redfern Pucci on Trump’s resemblance to a Greek tyrant. Trump lines pockets with one sentence in new law, buried 700+ pages deep. Nancy LeTourneau on Trump’s criminally-inspired approach to deal-making. Trump just publicly accused the FBI of having conspired against him. Does Trump live in an alternate reality? Some believe that the president is so divorced from actual governance that his statements have limited consequences — but that isn’t the case. Tom


Paper Trail

Vogue magazine and Vice are joining up to create Project Vs, a website and branding exchange that will launch early next year. A Vice spokesman explained the project this way: “What started as a slow dance collaboration has quickly become a high speed collision between Vice and Vogue, juxtaposing the many social, political and cultural

Syllabi

Women in Rock (Criticism)

Quinn Moreland Rock criticism has long been kind to a certain species of (male) character: wannabe experts who are prone to ranting and/or raving and proudly displaying their knowledge of niche subjects. It’s hard

Daily Review

A View of Her Own

Beginning the second paragraph of her 1973 essay on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set, published in the New York Review of Books, which she cofounded, Elizabeth Hardwick had a line on the lesser members of that mutual entourage: “Certain peripheral names vex the spirits.”

Interviews

Andrew Durbin

Over the past few years, I’ve heard Andrew Durbin read a handful of times from material that would comprise his debut novel, MacArthur Park, Blushing, he’d rush through the reading, his anxious timbre at odds with the confidently intelligent voice of his prose

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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A Broken Story: Jenny Erpenbeck's Refugee Novel

John Domini

Overseas, Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel has carried her to fresh levels of acclaim. She’s won not only the Thomas Mann Prize, in her native Germany, but also Italy’s Strega Europeo, something of a Booker for the Continent. Now the book is out in this country, under the title Go, Went, Gone, and though Erpenbeck’s four previous have won critical esteem—the New York Review of Books deemed her last novel “ferocious as well as virtuosic”—here,

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