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Daniel Peterson (Georgia Highlands): Is Praying for the Morally Impermissible Morally Permissible? Mary L. Dudziak (Emory): The Future as a Concept in National Security Law. Adam S. Chilton (Chicago): The Laws of War and Public Opinion: An Experimental Study. Sarah Maxey (Cornell): Free to Do Good? Humanitarian Justifications and Perceptions of Norm Abuse in Iraq, 2003-2008. Matenia Sirseloudi (Hamburg): Why War Matters in Jihadi Radicalisation. Corey Robin on Barack Obama’s upside-down

Paper Trail

On Tuesday the Guardian’s weekday paper launched a new longreads section, headed up by Jonathan Shainin, previously at the New Yorker. The “Journal,” as it is called, will include opinion and reviews together with features of three to five thousand words. Among the section’s first pieces is a profile of the Uruguayan president, José Mujica,



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

Wolf in White Van

As the founding member of the prolific, fiercely beloved band the Mountain Goats, John Darnielle is something of an expert regarding the plight of outcasts. Any outcast status for his new novel, however, has been lately eliminated: Wolf in White Van was just nominated for the National Book Award.


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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Justin Vivian Bond

In the new essay collection Icon (edited by Amy Scholder; published by the Feminist Press), writers discuss their relationships with public figures that they've idolized, obsessed over, worried about, and been inspired by, Contributors include Mary Gaitskill (who pays homage to Linda Lovelace), Johanna Fateman (Andrea Dworkin), and Kate Zambreno (Kathy Acker), among others. The pieces vividly blend biography and autobiography, moving