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The China story you should pay attention to

From Daedalus, Elizabeth J. Perry (Harvard): Growing Pains: Challenges for a Rising China. From The Economist, a special report on China; and an essay on what China wants: As China becomes, again, the world's largest economy, it wants the respect it enjoyed in centuries past — but it does not know how to achieve or deserve it. China’s crisis is coming — the only question is how big it will be. Is China the fastest rising power in history? China may seem to be catching up with U.S. GDP — however,


Paper Trail

The New York Times Book Review excerpts Hilary Mantel’s new collection, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, which has generated controversy in England over the title story. Here is Thatcher, seen through the eyes of the story’s would-be assassin: “High heels on the mossy path. Tippy-tap. Toddle on. She’s making efforts, but getting nowhere very fast. The

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Sextet

Michael Barron"Writing about music," the saying goes, "is like dancing about architecture." If it's meant to dissuade, the warning has gone unheeded: Over the years, a number of novels about music have ingeniously

Daily Review

Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream

Although "Gangnam Style" and North Korea's nuclear threats have been replayed in our media, relatively little is known, outside of Asia, about Korean contemporary life. It's tempting, then, to look to a poet such as Kim Hyesoon as being representative of Korean history and of aspects of contemporary Korean culture. At first glance, even Kim's preoccupation with gore appears to align with a distinctly Korean taste for blood and violence.

Interviews

Eula Biss

As Eula Biss began investigating immunity and public health, her interest moved from the question of fear to the question of how to move past it, and into a discussion of social ethics and care: What does an individual body—scared or not—owe the collective body?

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2014 Witter Bynner Fellowship Reading

Cinema

Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos

Rebekah Rutkoff

A key figure in the New American Cinema of the 1960s, Gregory J.Markopoulos made ambitious films starting in the late ’40s, complex psychodramas and romantic meditations that used symbolic color and rapid montage. For Markopoulos, the delicate and, in his words, “divine” potential of film was too easily damaged when the artist ceded screening responsibility to curators and institutions with their own priorities, both financial and

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