The foreign-policy kingdom

Daniel Abebe (Chicago): One Voice or Many? The Political Question Doctrine and Acoustic Dissonance in Foreign Affairs. Harlan Grant Cohen (Georgia): Formalism and Distrust: Foreign Affairs Law in the Roberts Court. More apology than utopia: Ingrid B. Wuerth reviews International Law in the U.S. Legal System by Curtis Bradley. From Politico, a look at America’s 25 most awkward allies. 35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists: Nicolas J.S. Davies on a handy A

Paper Trail

Writing that draws on lived experience and real people never merely reflects, argues Leslie Jamison in the New York Times Bookends column: It distorts, inverts, reinvents; it offers “a set of parallel destinies.” The “peril” of using real people is two-fold: ”what it will do to your work, and what it will do to your


Great Book/Great Movie

Willie OsterweilWhat does it mean for a movie adaptation to be "true to the book"? Many movies based on novels unimaginatively transcribe plot and dialogue, as if the difference between literature and cinema were

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Painted Cities

The moving, energetic short story collection Painted Cities describes a Chicago neighborhood that is unmoored, and forever straying into violence. It's not the first book to describe how brutally the City of Big Shoulders can smothered its inhabitants. But Galaviz-Budziszewski upsets expectation, relaying hardships at once bruising and yet life-giving.


Carl Wilson

What does it mean to have good taste? Is the idea of taste relevant anymore? Music critic Carl Wilson reflects on these questions in his 2007 "case study" of CÚline Dion, Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste.


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Mary Gaitskill reads "Lost Cat"


"Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess"

Ellen Willis

Here, in an essay originally published in 1989 in the Village Voice and reprinted in the new book The Essential Ellen Willis, Willis dwells on feminism, the concept of excess (sex and drugs), abstinence, gay rights, parenthood, and AIDS. Willis often finds her stride in complexity, and in this piece she intricately examines and interrogates the notions of freedom she holds dear.