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Omnivore

Russia is rocking

From LSE Ideas, a special report on Avoiding a New “Cold War”: The Future of EU-Russia Relations in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis. Danila Galperovich on why Russia is rocking the European boat. William Courtney and Donald Jensen on Russia’s great power future. Matthew Crosston (Bellevue): Nemesis: Keeping Russia an Enemy through Cold War Pathologies. Russian elites are more militaristic and anti-American than they’ve been in years. Surveys show Russian nationalism is on the rise — this


Paper Trail

The Man Booker Prize longlist was announced this morning. The list includes Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, David Means’s Hystopia, Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen, and ten other novels. The winner will be announced on October 25th. Michelle Goldberg, the author of The Means of Production: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, traces the way irrational animosity towards Hillary Clinton has changed over the past

Syllabi

Fame's Growing Pains

Natasha StaggConsider the following simile: Growing up is like getting famous. The confusing internal and external changes, the influx of sexual attention, with its addictive qualities, and the magnified sense of

Daily Review

All-Consuming Interests

We are so surrounded by points of reference, deluged with streams, fully versed in TVTropes.org, that culture seems to arrive prechewed. It is all excessively hyperlinked, and revealed to us immediately.

Interviews

Emma Cline

A month ago, I attended a reading by Emma Cline at BookCourt, in Brooklyn. Cline's debut novel, The Girls, had just come out to breathless reviews, and the event was well attended. Cline, twenty-seven, seemed neither nervous nor overeager to please. Less-is-more is a concept she understands.

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Joshua Hammer: "The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu" | Talks at Google

Essay

Brand New Love

James Greer

The novel Supremacist documents a vision quest undertaken by the narrator, whose name is David Shapiro, and who seems to bear some resemblance to the author, whose name is also David Shapiro, Here’s where complications arise: For example, “David Shapiro” is itself a pseudonym, The fictional David Shapiro, meaning the narrator, is a twenty-six-year-old actuary student who lives in Brooklyn.

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