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A giant, hateful toddler, Trump

From the New Yorker, who could have predicted the President’s latest outrage? Barack Obama and anyone, really. Trump keeps derailing his own agenda: Once again, the president’s efforts to talk about infrastructure collapsed under a mess of his own making. Is Trump a white nationalist or is he experiencing a second childhood? (and part 2) Like a giant, hateful toddler, Trump doesn’t like being told what to do. White House aides can’t stop talking about President Trump like he’s a toddler. Donald


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

Interviews

Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong’s debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, begins after the narrator, Ruth, has been suddenly and inexplicably dumped by her fiancé. 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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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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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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