Economics has become political

New study finds the American Dream is even more dead than you thought. We still haven't recovered from the Great Recession. Obama's trickle-up economics: New statistics show that government can raise the quality of life for ordinary families without hurting the economy. Barack Obama makes the malcontent's case for the center Left in an op-ed for The Economist. Thanks, Obama: Derek Thompson on the historic and underrated economic record of the 44th president. How much impact can a president have

Paper Trail

In their November issue, Wired asks guest editor President Obama for his ten essential books. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, and Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History all make the cut. The magazine estimates that reading all ten books will take only eighty-nine hours. On the


After Attica

Jack GrossLast month marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the Attica prison revolt. At the outset of the four-day takeover, the prisoners released a list of practical proposals, the first of which read: "Apply

Daily Review

Eliot Weinberger, To Be Continued

"Memory," says Plotinus, "is for those who have forgotten." The gods have no memory because they know no time, have no need to fight against time, have no fragments of what has been lost to recollect, to re-collect. In India, with its vast stretches of time, with its


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.


James Gleick - Time Travel/Everything All at Once


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.