Trump is a laughingstock

The incompetent, race-baiting fraud (and the man running to replace him as president): Trump is everything the right wing made Obama out to be. Trump officials: He looks more and more like a complete moron. “People here think Trump is a laughingstock”: On the president’s ill-timed world tour. How foreign nations are preparing for a visit from the first toddler-president. Trump isn’t a toddler — he’s a product of America’s culture of impunity for the rich. Developmental psychologists: Trump isn’t

Paper Trail

Guy Trebay remembers the exquisite parties thrown by editor and author Jean Stein, the editor of Grand Street and the co-author of Edie: An American Biography, who died late last month. “At these parties one was as likely to encounter Warren Beatty as the Russian dissident poet Andrei Voznesensky. Among the guests were Tennessee Williams


Writing About Not Writing

Sarah MangusoThere are books about things, and then there are books about writing about things. Much self-reflexive writing tends to turn into self-panegyric about discovering—against all odds—the “freedom” to “

Daily Review

Pièces de Résistance

THAT IT'S COME TO THIS—that I actually find myself, in private thought, trying to explain to nobody in particular (but also to the president of the United States) why we really would be better off letting most of our immigrants stay here, whether they are credentialed


Durga Chew-Bose

A critic who prefers the term “enthusiast,” an essayist who worries she’s really a poet, Durga is an unrivalled player of what Doris Lessing, in The Golden Notebook, calls “the game.”


Bookforum: “False Starts”


The Life and Death of Louis Kahn

Wendy Lesser

It was not just the suddenness of his death that made it hard to realize Louis Kahn was gone, Something about the way he disappeared from the world—irregularly, mysteriously, with that strange two-day gap when nobody he knew could find him—left many people unable to take in the facts of his death. For the California relatives, who learned about Lou’s death through a series of relayed phone calls, there was a persistent confusion about