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Trump doesn’t really care what we do in Afghanistan

The America First president just announced he’s escalating the Afghanistan war — and Trump’s Afghanistan plan looks a lot like Obama’s. Trump’s bold new Afghanistan strategy: Neither bold, nor new, nor a strategy (and more and more). America is out of ideas in Afghanistan: Only one thing was clear after President Trump’s vague speech — nobody knows what to do. “It’s a hard problem”: Inside Trump’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. Kelly Magsamen on how Afghanistan is now Trump’s war.


Paper Trail

Beyonce is working on a 600-page book about the making of Lemonade. How to Make Lemonade “shows the inspiration and themes behind some of the film’s most provocative and cryptic moments,” and includes a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson. The limited-edition version of the book includes two LPs, and is available on Beyonce’s website for

Syllabi

Civilizations in Crisis: Chinese Speculative Fiction

Darren HuangIn the Chinese literary world, speculative fiction has long been a necessary means of critique and protest against an overbearing regime. Science fiction authors create new (often dystopian) universes

Daily Review

Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art

Looking at someone you find attractive—better yet, someone you hope also finds you attractive—your gaze might brush the floor before your eyes meet; while you shift from foot to foot, your hand may sweep a lock of hair behind your ear. This feels artless, an outer

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Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong’s debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, begins after the narrator, Ruth, has been suddenly and inexplicably dumped by her fiancÚ. She decides to cut her losses and move home to help her family cope with her father’s recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

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Moving Kings

Joshua Cohen

Each move had its own logistics, each party to a move its own subterfuges. Because the customers would misrepresent their possessions on the online form, Ruth would have to call and followup: buildings vet prospective tenants, movers vet prospective loads.

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