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Omnivore

Gambling on climate change

Jan Erik Lane (Freiburg): The Global Contradiction of the 21rst Century. Robert O. Keohane (Princeton): The Global Politics of Climate Change: Challenge for Political Science. Alvin K Leong (Pace): Statehood Implications for Island Nations Endangered by Climate Change. Rosemary Lyster (Sydney): Protecting the Human Rights of Climate Displaced Persons: The Promise and Limits of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Carmen G. Gonzalez (Seattle): Environmental Justice, Human


Paper Trail

Editorial staffers at Gawker Media are trying to unionize: “The online media industry makes real money. It’s now possible to find a career in this industry, rather than just a fleeting job. An organized work force is part of growing up.” Asked for a response by Capital, Gawker owner and CEO Nick Denton was “intensely

Syllabi

On Color

Maggie Nelson"To attend to colour," writes David Batchelor, "is, in part, to attend to the limits of language." Perhaps this is why so much writing on color is sadly unsatisfying: The temptation to make wistful,

Daily Review

The Dead Lands

Mass death and destruction are unfortunate, but fiction writers find them nifty all the same. And if the last few years have seen an especially strong renaissance of apocalyptic literature, Benjamin Percy's impressive new outing, The Dead Lands, takes the form into its mannerist phase. Loosely adapting Lewis and Clark's journey west, the book opens in what was once St. Louis. A century and a half have passed since humanity was ravaged by a pandemic.

Interviews

Jacob Rubin

Writing fiction about an impersonator is like playing Russian roulette with an allegory gun. Those who survive, whose books don't lapse into neat parables of the process of writing, tend to be brilliant. Examples include George Saunders (CivilWarLand in Bad Decline), Tom McCarthy (Remainder), and Pynchon (the reenactment of Alpdrucken in Gravity's Rainbow). The latest is Jacob Rubin, with his new novel The Poser, about the rise and fall of a gifted impressionist.

Essay

Dennis Cooper's Haunted HTML Novel

Paige K. Bradley

You could call Dennis Cooper's new HTML novel, Zac’s Haunted House, many things: net art, a glorified Tumblr, a visual novel, a mood board, or a dark night of the Internet's soul. It has just a few words—the chapter titles and a few subtitles embedded in some of the gifs—but it still very clearly belongs to Cooper’s own haunted oeuvre, capable of evoking powerful and gnarled emotions.

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