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A Scotland built on stories

Gregory S. Alexander (Cornell): The Sporting Life: Democratic Culture and the Historical Origins of the Scottish Right to Roam. The nationalist interpretation of Scottish history: Gregg McClymont reviews The Invisible Spirit: A Life of Post-War Scotland 1945-75 by Kenneth Roy. Claire Cassidy and Donald Christie (Strathclyde): Community of Philosophical Inquiry: Citizenship in Scottish Classrooms. From the Journal of Scottish Philosophy, Douglas McDermid (Trent): Ferrier and the Myth of Scottish


Paper Trail

The Nieman Journalism Lab considers n+1’s history, on the occasion of the magazine’s tenth anniversary. n+1 has survived for a decade through a variety of strategies, the editors report, including “a model for parties that we’ve never changed.” Cara Parks joins Modern Farmer as executive editor. Parks has been freelancing since 2013; before that, she worked at 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

The End of Days

Life and death in Jenny Erpenbeck's novel are separated by so thin a membrane as to render both a kind of purgatory. But the coexistence is uneasy—something as immeasurable as death doesn't seem to fit naturally within the measured limits of a life, nor does the intimate clock of a lifespan appear to synch with that of historical time. In this book, Erpenbeck is most interested in what can be recuperated from the space between.

Interviews

Ben Lerner

10:04, Ben Lerner's ingenious new novel, is a Sebaldian book made from starkly American material. As in Sebald, time haunts 10:04's narrator, But instead of being haunted by an awful, crumbling past, la Austerlitz, the narrator of 10:04 is swamped by a rising simultaneity; by pasts, presents, and futures happening all at once.

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The Midwest: Cities of the Plain

Edmund White

First published in 1980, Edmund White's States of Desire, (recently republished in an expanded edition), is a late-'70s travelogue in which the author candidly describes gay men and gay life in places throughout the US.

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