Better ideas to rebuild America

Sally Eauclaire on rediscovering the American Rust Belt in the age of Reagan. Andrew McGill on the impossibility of reviving American manufacturing. Peter Coy on the mystery of America’s missing capital investment. Finding better ideas to rebuild America: Noah Smith reviews Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy by Stephen S. Cohen and Brad DeLong. A look at the next big idea in economic growth. Why technological innovation relies on government support: Andy

Paper Trail

An algorithm built to predict which books will become bestsellers has awarded a perfect score to Dave Eggers’s The Circle, a dystopian novel about a sinister Google-like company that hijacks the time and free will of its employees and the wider world. Using “cutting-edge text-mining techniques” developed by Jodie Archer, a former publisher, and Matthew


Fame's Growing Pains

Natasha StaggConsider the following simile: Growing up is like getting famous. The confusing internal and external changes, the influx of sexual attention, with its addictive qualities, and the magnified sense of

Daily Review

Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran

Intrigue abounds in reporter Barry Meier's account of the bizarre case of Robert Levinson, a sometime CIA contractor stranded in Iran without any official American recognition of his true whereabouts—or any pending hope of a Stateside return.


Helen Oyeyemi

In her seventh book and first collection of short stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, Oyeyemi stretches the bounds of fiction with fairytale-like parables that contain more locks than there are keys, and are set in peculiar lands where puppets speak, roses commit murders, and the Big Bad Wolf can be bargained with.


Annette Gordon Reed & Peter Onuf, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs"


On Pier Paolo Pasolini's "The Long Road of Sand"

Ara H. Merjian

Setting out in his Fiat 1100 from the Ligurian coast in June of 1959, Pier Paolo Pasolini spent the next couple months wending his way around Italy’s seemingly endless shoreline. His spirited travelogue was illustrated with shots by the photographer Paolo di Paolo of chaises longues and beachside cafés, the holiday jet-set and throngs of teenagers clad in swimwear. A notoriously heretical Marxist and sworn enemy of modernity, Pasolini calls to mind anything but the bourgeois