Identity politics isn't just a tool of the Left

The muddle and menace of American politics: An unsettled electorate could mean unsettling social changes. A well-meaning, best-selling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, promotes dangerous myths about racial determinism and racial innocence that form the bedrock of Trumpism. Racially polarized voting is getting extreme in the South. The 3 different things we talk about when we talk about "Trump voters". The myth of the Rust Belt revolt: Donald Trump didn't flip working-class white voters

Paper Trail

Kia Corthron’s novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, has been awarded the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Martin Amis has announced two new projects. A book of essays and reporting, The Rub of Time, will be published next October. Amis’s other project is a still-untitled autobiographical novel focused on death, which will


Reading for the Next Four Years

Margaret EbyIt is still unclear exactly what America under the presidency of Donald J. Trump will look like. But if we believe his campaign promises—deporting of millions of people, registering Muslims, gutting

Daily Review

The Trauma of the Gifted Child

Somewhere a child is being hidden. The time is mid-July, 1942, and the first great roundup of Jews—more than thirteen thousand foreign Jews in all, including four thousand children—has begun in Paris, to be followed by more arrests days later in the unoccupied zones.


Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman's fiction may share affinities with the luminaries of our postmodern canon—Don DeLillo, Robert Coover, and Ben Marcus—but her sensibility equally recalls the films of David Lynch.


2016 National Book Award Winner: Ibram Kendi (Non-fiction)


Elephants in Lake Charles

Arlie Russell Hochschild

"YOU CAN TELL I’m a Republican,” Janice Areno says as she invites me to sit down in her office, Elephants fill three shelves of a wall opposite her desk, One is blue-and-white porcelain, a second is gold, a third is red, white, and blue and stands near a young child’s drawing of a yellow one.