American conservatism's decay

From LARB, Anthony McCann on the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon: Sovereign Feelings and Ours but Not Ours. The case for white curiosity: Patrick Phillips on interrogating the devastating legacy of white supremacy in America. Why do people who need help from the government hate it so much? Yuval Levin isn’t dumb: Todd Gitlin reviews The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. What is conservatism? Christopher N. Malagisi interviews

Paper Trail

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, maps the current fight over cultural appropriation and outlines the myriad ways—acknowledging history, accepting criticism, taking responsibility—that writers can advance the argument over who gets to write about what. “If all of this seems too difficult, then you understand why people would rather fight


Los Angeles for Beginners

David GoldblattNo one who arrives in Los Angeles comes without baggage. I came with a whole lifetime of seeing the city through the filter of its culture industries and the region's relentless self-promotion. This

Daily Review

Thus Bad Begins

Early on in Javier Marías’s reputation-galvanizing novel A Heart So White (1992), the narrator, Juan, lies awake on his honeymoon in Havana listening to a couple argue in the hotel room next door. The man on the other side of the wall is a Spaniard, like Juan, and he


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. With an eye toward the macabre within the mundane, Kleeman's fiction tantalizes and spooks, thrusting the reader into bizarre worlds of dream logic.


Jessi Klein introduces You'll Grow Out Of It at University Book Store


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.