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Becoming a hot zone

Angela J. Campbell (Georgetown): Newbs Lose, Experts Win: Video Games in the Supreme Court. William J. Luther (Kenyon): Is Bitcoin Intrinsically Worthless? Are Russia and China preparing for war? The frozen tundra along Russia’s far-eastern border with China is becoming a hot zone as both nations deploy nuclear-capable missiles. Squeezed by an India-China standoff, Bhutan holds its breath. While Trump was distracted, North Korea calmed down — that’s not a coincidence. In defense of celebrity


Paper Trail

Isaac Fitzgerald is leaving his post at Buzzfeed Books to start a new “morning show” with poet and Buzzfeed culture editor Saeed Jones. The show, called AM to DM, is part of Buzzfeed, and will be livestreamed through Twitter daily from 8-9am. It begins on September 25, and is, according to Fitzgerald, “a one-of-a-kind morning show

Syllabi

Civilizations in Crisis: Chinese Speculative Fiction

Darren HuangIn the Chinese literary world, speculative fiction has long been a necessary means of critique and protest against an overbearing regime. Science fiction authors create new (often dystopian) universes

Daily Review

Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art

Looking at someone you find attractive—better yet, someone you hope also finds you attractive—your gaze might brush the floor before your eyes meet; while you shift from foot to foot, your hand may sweep a lock of hair behind your ear. This feels artless, an outer

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Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong’s debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, begins after the narrator, Ruth, has been suddenly and inexplicably dumped by her fiancÚ. She decides to cut her losses and move home to help her family cope with her father’s recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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Moving Kings

Joshua Cohen

Each move had its own logistics, each party to a move its own subterfuges. Because the customers would misrepresent their possessions on the online form, Ruth would have to call and followup: buildings vet prospective tenants, movers vet prospective loads.

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