Terrorists navigate uncertainty

Kweku Opoku-Agyemang (UC-Berkeley): Narcissism Over Ideology: Revealed versus Stated Terrorist Preferences. Simon Mabon (Lancaster): The Apocalyptic and the Sectarian: Identity, “Bare Life” and the Rise of Da’ish. Sabri Ciftci, Becky J. O'Donnell, and Allison Tanner (Kansas State): Who Favors Al-Qaeda? Anti-Americanism, Religious Outlooks, and Support for Terrorist Organizations. Barak Mendelsohn (Haverford): Terrorism and Protean Power: How Terrorists Navigate Uncertainty. Samuel Plapinger and

Paper Trail

A Sense of Direction author Gideon Lewis-Kraus has written a fascinating story about an intellectual journal inspired by Trump. It began in February 2016 with the blog The Journal of American Greatness, described by its founders as the “first scholarly journal of radical #Trumpism.” JAG folded before the election, but when Trump won, the contributors


California Haze

Naomi FryCalifornia is usually portrayed as a palm-treed Eden, wholesome and easeful, but as the Roman Polanski scandal has reminded us, this sunny vision has a lurid underside. Noir is one form this shadow

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

The Osage were warriors, buffalo hunters, harvesters, farmers—one of the great nations of the Great Plains. Europeans who encountered them early on described them as uncommonly tall, well-built, imposing: The "finest men we have ever seen," Thomas Jefferson said in 1804,


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