American foreign policy in the Trump era

From LARB, the declining value of strategy in Trump’s world: Adin Dobkin reviews Gambling and War: Risk, Reward, and Chance in International Conflict by Justin Conrad. After credibility: Keren Yarhi-Milo on American foreign policy in the Trump era. Is President Trump’s foreign policy better than we think? The case for Trump’s foreign policy, according to a leading international relations scholar. What Fire and Fury tells us about Trump’s foreign policy is terrifying. Nancy LeTourneau on how

Paper Trail

“With a mixture of disappointment and relief,” The Awl announces that they will be discontinuing editorial operations at the end of January. The Hairpin will also close at the end of the month. “We’re intensely proud of what we managed to accomplish over the years,” the site’s staff write, “and while most of the credit


"We Are Revolution": Introducing Asia's Proletarian Lit

Matt TurnerDuring the last election cycle, the American working class got a lot of airplay. Donald Trump’s rhetoric was a throwback to a different era of politics and a different economy. Talk of American workers

Daily Review

Earth Angel: On Denis Johnson

Dear Astronaut Selection Officer: I am a civilian who would like to be considered for the one-year astronaut training program. I would be most grateful if you would send me information, application forms, and any such material you feel might be helpful in this regard.


Tony Tulathimutte and Malcolm Harris

I met author Tony Tulathimutte at a reading in Manhattan where he asked the audience to vote on which section of his novel Private Citizens to read from: the one on writer’s workshops or the one on pornography. Porn won, and Tony delivered a complex, funny, and disturbing passage. Later, when I saw his blurb recommending Malcolm Harris’s new study, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, I read the book and was impressed by its sweeping socio-economic critique.


Bookforum: “False Starts”


Minds of the Immortals: Emily Wilson on translating "The Odyssey"

Ben Shields

“The minds of the immortals rarely change,” old King Nestor tells Telemachus in Book III of The Odyssey, That may be true, but the ways that we experience and imagine those gods change regularly, Since the sixteenth century, dozens of English-language translators have traversed the epics of archaic Hellas, and all of them have returned with their own unique account: Blank verse, couplets, and prose are all available portals into Homer.