A big tent Democratic Party

The Nancy Pelosi problem: The first female speaker of the House has become the most effec­tive congressional leader of modern times — and, not coinciden­tally, the most vilified. Nancy Pelosi is good at her job and she should keep it. Inside California’s war on Trump: As the state resists the White House on issues from immigration to climate change, Governor Jerry Brown is determined to avoid a pitched battle. Is (Cynthia) Nixon the one? Claire Potter on the yearning for celebrity candidates.

Paper Trail

The 2018 Whiting Award winners have been announced. Tommy Pico, Weike Wang, Anne Boyer, Brontez Purnell, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Esmé Weijun Wang, Rickey Laurentiis, Nathan Alan Davis, Hansol Jung, and Antoinette Nwandu will all receive $50,000. Penguin has acquired a memoir by late style photographer Bill Cunningham. The manuscript was found by Cunningham’s family after


Marriage Reimagined

Laura SmithIt is easy to view the vast and varied landscape of marriage in the present day as a radical departure from a more conservative past. But many of these marriage alternatives—including polyamory, open

Daily Review

The Sparsholt Affair

A fan of Alan Hollinghurst’s masterpiece The Line of Beauty has created a Twitter account, @lollinghurst, to document the many epigrams and sly jokes and thrillingly acute descriptions found throughout that novel. These “lines of beauty” don’t just serve to decorate the


Jenn Pelly

“The Raincoats were a group of women who were, in part, just learning to play their instruments, but their debut album also coincides with the start of a whole artistic sensibility, one of fearless and knowing amateurism,” Pitchfork contributing editor Jenn Pelly writes in her recent book about the origins of the Raincoats, part of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 music writing series.


Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"


Minds of the Immortals: Emily Wilson on translating "The Odyssey"

Ben Shields

“The minds of the immortals rarely change,” old King Nestor tells Telemachus in Book III of The Odyssey, That may be true, but the ways that we experience and imagine those gods change regularly, Since the sixteenth century, dozens of English-language translators have traversed the epics of archaic Hellas, and all of them have returned with their own unique account: Blank verse, couplets, and prose are all available portals into Homer.