How scary is Trump's foreign policy?

A lower nuclear threshold: It's time to start worrying about the bomb again. No one can stop President Trump from using nuclear weapons — that's by design. Keep the future in mind: Trump's wisest strategy is to stay out of Putin's way as Russian power decays from within. Does NATO missile defense have a future? Donald Trump's team is trying to have it both ways on its Taiwan controversy. To explain Trump's Taiwan move, there are 3 alarming possibilities (and more). Donald Trump keeps confirming

Paper Trail

PEN America has released its Open Book Award longlist. Finalists for the $5,000 prize include Solmaz Sharif’s Look, Helen Oyeyemi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, and Jade Sharma’s Problems. After thirty-five years of business, Brooklyn’s BookCourt is closing on December 31. At the New Yorker, Amanda Petrusich writes, “I could go on about


Reading for the Next Four Years

Margaret EbyIt is still unclear exactly what America under the presidency of Donald J. Trump will look like. But if we believe his campaign promises—deporting of millions of people, registering Muslims, gutting

Daily Review

Sex Object

WHEN POPULAR FEMINIST writer Jessica Valenti was a prefeminist eighth grader in New York City, she left a crowded subway train one afternoon and realized that one of the back pockets of her jeans was wet. There was enough fluid that she worried someone would think she


Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman's fiction may share affinities with the luminaries of our postmodern canon—Don DeLillo, Robert Coover, and Ben Marcus—but her sensibility equally recalls the films of David Lynch.


C. Nicole Mason, "Born Bright"


Elephants in Lake Charles

Arlie Russell Hochschild

"YOU CAN TELL I’m a Republican,” Janice Areno says as she invites me to sit down in her office, Elephants fill three shelves of a wall opposite her desk, One is blue-and-white porcelain, a second is gold, a third is red, white, and blue and stands near a young child’s drawing of a yellow one.