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Omnivore

The Supreme Court is still plenty conservative

From Alternet, Steven Rosenfeld on 8 ways the Supreme Court has been destroying American democracy. Rob Hunter on waiting for SCOTUS: By fixating on the Supreme Court, liberals have inherited the framers’ skepticism of popular sovereignty and mass politics. A slightly modest proposal: John Roberts's claims of judicial restraint should be taken with a grain of salt. The Supreme Court rules that Arizona’s voters were entitled to try to make the process of drawing congressional district lines less


Paper Trail

“But why would Europe do this?” Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in economics, weighs in on the situation in Greece, concluding: “I know how I would vote.” The Center for Fiction has announced its longlist for the 2015 First Novel Prize, and those in contention include Ottessa Moshfegh, Ben Metcalf, and Miranda July. It looks as if

Syllabi

The Literature of Obsolescence

Casey Michael HenryWilliam Gaddis, the author perhaps most concerned with the entropic decay of older systems and organizational principles in fiction, famously taught a class at Bard College in 1979 on "The Literature

Daily Review

The Guys Who Came in from the Cold

Ethan Mordden’s Buddies, published in 1986 by Stonewall Inn Editions, a historic gay-fiction imprint of St. Martin’s Press, is the second collection of interconnected short stories in Mordden’s five-volume series on gay life in Gotham (later titles include Some Men Are

Interviews

Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the only serious and literary person I've encountered whose speech is filled with more "you knows" than mine. Unlike mine, perhaps, her verbal tic is not so much a crutch as a helping hand: she'll be saying something fast, brilliant, and thoughtful, and maybe you don't totally get it, but when she says "you know," she allows you to feel as if you do.

Miscellaneous

"Force Majeure," Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the Disease of Manhood

Dan Duray

Sweden has produced two of the most powerful contemporary renderings of manhood as a disease, as a sickness that contaminates the nuclear family. Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Ostund, addressed the modern family and its masculine saboteurs more directly than any other film last year. And then of course there's My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgaard's epic inventory of one man's failures as a husband and a father.

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