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Omnivore

Turning all politics national

Marina Azzimonti (FRB): Partisan Conflict. Michael Sances and Charles Stewart (MIT): Partisanship and Voter Confidence, 2000-2012. Matt Motyl (Virginia): “If He Wins, I’m Moving to Canada”: Ideological Migration Threats Following the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election. Nicholas Stephanopoulos (Chicago) and Eric McGhee (PPIC): Partisan Gerrymandering and the Efficiency Gap. L. Jason Anastasopoulos (Harvard): A Theory of Partisan Sorting and Geographic Polarization: Evidence from a Natural Experiment.


Paper Trail

Riverhead Books has announced that Sarah McGrath will be its new editor in chief. McGrath has been an acquiring editor at Riverhead since 2006, and has worked with Khaled Hosseini, Meg Wolitzer, and Chang-rae Lee, among others. The New York Times has hired Katie Rosman of the Wall Street Journal to be a columnist for

Syllabi

Weird Sex

Vanessa RovetoThere's good sex and there's bad sex. And then there's weird sex—a Freudian purgatory that somehow neither stimulates the libido nor inhibits it. In art and life, we're inclined to seek out pleasure

Daily Review

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book

It is both reassuring and unnerving to recall the Cold War as conducted with books rather than tanks. Both the CIA and the KGB implicitly endorsed Maxim Gorky's proclamation that "books are the most important and most powerful weapons in socialist culture."

Interviews

William T. Vollmann

William T. Vollmann's latest story collection considers death from a variety of perspectives, veering from realistic to supernatural, from reportage-like writing to the ghost story. Bookforum talks with the author about his new book, his FBI files, his ongoing research of coal mines and the environment, and his female persona, Delores.

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F for Fake

Brian Dillon

What exactly do we mean when we call an artist or writer a charlatan? What manner of truth is in question? Assuredly, an artistic or literary charlatan is not merely a fraud, a forger, or an impostor. Such quasi-criminal categories have their own clear-cut logic: The perpetrator either is or isn't what he purports to be. But an accusation of charlatanry points to something far more fundamental than a simple waywardness with the facts.

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