Asking the same

The inaugural issue of Contango Journal is out, including Chris Cutrone (SAIC): The Crisis of Neoliberalism and Marxism in the Age of Trump. Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption purge is all about life after oil. Trump is in deep with Saudi Arabia — that’s dangerous. Emily Holden on how the Bonn climate talks survived Trump. The Menendez trial revealed everything that’s gone wrong with US bribery law. From the New York Times, a special report on how politics and bad decisions starved New York’s subways.

Paper Trail

Liz Phair, the musician who brought us the indie-rock classic Exile in Guyville, has signed a two-book deal with Random House. The first book, a memoir titled Horror Stories, will apparently detail her “experiences with fame, heartbreak, motherhood, and everything in between.” Garth Risk Hallberg, the author of City on Fire and a self-identified “unreconstructed


The Manson Family

Eric BanksIt’s forty years this past weekend that the most famous murders in American history went down on Cielo Drive in Los Angeles. The Manson Family has been plumbed and probed inside out and upside down—there’s

Daily Review

Her Body and Other Parties

In the month since I began writing this review, allegations of sexual harassment by powerful men in the restaurant and entertainment industries, the art world, and the highest reaches of politics have become ubiquitous. A list of “shitty media men” circulated as a shared


Tony Tulathimutte and Malcolm Harris

I met author Tony Tulathimutte at a reading in Manhattan where he asked the audience to vote on which section of his novel Private Citizens to read from: the one on writer’s workshops or the one on pornography. Porn won, and Tony delivered a complex, funny, and disturbing passage. Later, when I saw his blurb recommending Malcolm Harris’s new study, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, I read the book and was impressed by its sweeping socio-economic critique.


Bookforum: “False Starts”


A Broken Story: Jenny Erpenbeck's Refugee Novel

John Domini

Overseas, Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel has carried her to fresh levels of acclaim. She’s won not only the Thomas Mann Prize, in her native Germany, but also Italy’s Strega Europeo, something of a Booker for the Continent. Now the book is out in this country, under the title Go, Went, Gone, and though Erpenbeck’s four previous have won critical esteem—the New York Review of Books deemed her last novel “ferocious as well as virtuosic”—here,