Moments from Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia

What kind of deal is Trump making with Saudi Arabia? Fred Kaplan on Trump’s dangerous plan to back the Sunni Arab states against Iran. Zeeshan Aleem on why Trump’s subtle mistake during his important Islam speech is so revealing: The difference between “Islamic” and “Islamist” matters. Trump’s Muslim tolerance extends only to autocrats. How Trump got comfortable with Saudi religious extremism. Anne Applebaum on Trump’s bizarre and un-American visit to Saudi Arabia. Margaret Hartmann on the most

Paper Trail

Guy Trebay remembers the exquisite parties thrown by editor and author Jean Stein, the editor of Grand Street and the co-author of Edie: An American Biography, who died late last month. “At these parties one was as likely to encounter Warren Beatty as the Russian dissident poet Andrei Voznesensky. Among the guests were Tennessee Williams



Brian DillonIn classic Greek medicine, hypochondria was known first as a disease of the digestive tract, and only secondarily as one of the mind. The psychological aspects gradually came to dominate definitions

Daily Review

Pièces de Résistance

THAT IT'S COME TO THIS—that I actually find myself, in private thought, trying to explain to nobody in particular (but also to the president of the United States) why we really would be better off letting most of our immigrants stay here, whether they are credentialed


Durga Chew-Bose

A critic who prefers the term “enthusiast,” an essayist who worries she’s really a poet, Durga is an unrivalled player of what Doris Lessing, in The Golden Notebook, calls “the game.”


Bookforum: “False Starts”


The Life and Death of Louis Kahn

Wendy Lesser

It was not just the suddenness of his death that made it hard to realize Louis Kahn was gone, Something about the way he disappeared from the world—irregularly, mysteriously, with that strange two-day gap when nobody he knew could find him—left many people unable to take in the facts of his death. For the California relatives, who learned about Lou’s death through a series of relayed phone calls, there was a persistent confusion about