How to tax

Willard B. Taylor (NYU): Should Payroll Taxes Be Repealed? Eric A. Kades (William and Mary): Corrective Progressivity. Reuven S. Avi-Yonah and Dmitry Zelik (Michigan): Are We Trapped by Our Capital Gains? Mike Konczal on how the rich can keep their homes, businesses, artwork, and wealth tax-free forever. As the rich become super-rich, they pay lower taxes — for real. Victor Fleischer on how to tax Gordon Gekko. Matthew Yglesias on the case for confiscatory taxation. Jared Bernstein on the case

Paper Trail

Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author, died on Sunday at age 82. Sacks announced in February that he had late-stage cancer. Sacks’s books, which include Hallucinations and Awakenings and the recent memoir On the Move, captured the mysterious workings of the human brain. In his 1985 book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,


Feminism, Dominance, and Submission

Catherine ScottIt can seem a tall order to find literature about BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadomasochism) that is both erotic and cerebral, and that can depict a woman playing the

Daily Review


When I was asked to review Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, Purity, I happened to be in the middle of Timothy Aubry’s Reading as Therapy: What Contemporary Fiction Does for Middle-Class Americans (2011). Aubry argues that middle-class readers “choose books that will offer


Ottessa Moshfegh

I first came to know Ottessa Moshfegh's writing through her shrewd, darkly funny stories in the Paris Review, for which she won the Plimpton Prize, Much of her work deals in disgust (see her story "Disgust"), fixation, and the personal horrors we can't look away from.


Saad Z. Hossain & Mark Haskell Smith: Writing in Megacities


East of Intention: Cat, Camera, Music

Carl Wilson

In “Chat écoutant la musique” (“Cat Listening to Music”), a two-minute, fifty-five-second video posted to YouTube on December 21, 2010, a black, white, and gray tabby sprawls across the keyboard of a Yamaha DX7. He sleeps and stirs, seeming to enjoy the pellucid, lapping notes and chords of a piece of piano music playing in the room. We watch the cat’s paws depress the keys soundlessly when he arches and stretches.