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The Scottish independence question

From Foreign Policy, Emile Simpson on the moral tragedy of Scottish independence; and Scotland's tricky choice: Self-determination doesn't necessarily mean freedom — can an independent Scotland achieve both? The Economist on Scotland's independence debate: You and whose army? Let Scotland go free: Independence isn’t crazy, irresponsible, or childish. What would Adam Smith say about Scottish independence? Michelle Schwarze investigates. George Monbiot on how the media shafted the people of Scotland.


Paper Trail

  The MacArthur awards have been announced. Among the writers are Alison Bechdel, author of the illustrated memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother?; Samuel D. Hunter, who wrote the play The Whale; and Terrance Hayes, a poet. The 2014 National Book Awards nonfiction longlist names Anand Gopal, Walter Isaacson, Edward O. Wilson, Evan

Syllabi

Sextet

Michael Barron"Writing about music," the saying goes, "is like dancing about architecture." If it's meant to dissuade, the warning has gone unheeded: Over the years, a number of novels about music have ingeniously

Daily Review

Overreach: Delusions of Regime Change in Iraq

In order to make sense of the latest desperate failures of civil peace in Iraq, it's necessary to revisit the origins of the country's decade-long sectarian civil war—and to question the broad contours of the willfully obtuse ideological course that led to and sustained the initial US occupation.

Interviews

Ben Lerner

10:04, Ben Lerner's ingenious new novel, is a Sebaldian book made from starkly American material. As in Sebald, time haunts 10:04's narrator, But instead of being haunted by an awful, crumbling past, la Austerlitz, the narrator of 10:04 is swamped by a rising simultaneity; by pasts, presents, and futures happening all at once.

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The Midwest: Cities of the Plain

Edmund White

First published in 1980, Edmund White's States of Desire, (recently republished in an expanded edition), is a late-'70s travelogue in which the author candidly describes gay men and gay life in places throughout the US.

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