The slow work

Katia N. Alcantar (Vermont): You Can’t Sit With Us: Furniture’s Future in Fighting Phonies. From the Chronicle of Higher Education, Russell Jacoby on the latest intellectuals: In an era of one-stop thinking and instant commenting, we've lost the slow work of reflection. Lt. General Michael Flynn says Bush freed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi because he was “harmless” and admits Islamic State would not exist if Bush didn’t invade Iraq. Danielle Paquette on how a 42-year-old law keeps the U.S.

Paper Trail

In the current issue of the New York Review of Books, there’s an intriguing exchange between the editor of Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life and Daniel Mendelsohn, one of the critics Jennifer Weiner recently accused of “Goldfinching” (delegitimizing even literary fiction if it’s popular with large numbers of women) for his critical review of


Southern Comedy

Margaret EbyWhen it comes to literature, the word southern practically begs for the follow-up gothic. A certain set of tropes spring to mind when you mention the South: alligators and frosted julep cups, hypocritical

Daily Review

Tucker Max, Muse of the Bros

Some books serve a clear purpose. Other books serve no purpose at all. Still other books serve a clear purpose but not the one indicated in the book’s title. Because Tucker Max’s first book, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, was a compendium of comedic anecdotes about


Carrie Brownstein

From the opening pages of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, it's clear that Carrie Brownstein, best known as a guitarist and singer in the seminal band Sleater-Kinney, and now as an actor and the cowriter and star of Portlandia, is a writer first.


Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

Work has become central to our very self-conception—so much so that when presented with the idea of doing less work, many people ask, "But what would I do?" The fact that so many people find it impossible to imagine a meaningful life outside of work demonstrates the extent to which the work ethic has infected our minds.