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The state of our nation

The Economist on the one-year-old Trump presidency: Is it really this bad? From Law and Liberty, Greg Weiner on the price of Trump: Year one reflections on an unconventional presidency; he’s good and bad on foreign affairs, good and bad on the economy; and Daniel McCarthy on Trump, the great de-mythologizer. Here’s what the Trumpists don’t understand about American Greatness: Consider what the state of our nation would be without the accumulated protections over a century of progressive legislation.


Paper Trail

Elena Ferrante has signed on to write a weekly column for The Guardian’s magazine. Ferrante’s column, translated by Ann Goldstein, “will share her thoughts on a wide range of topics, including childhood, ageing, gender and, in her debut article, first love.” The first installment will appear this weekend in the redesigned magazine. At Literary Hub,

Syllabi

"We Are Revolution": Introducing Asia's Proletarian Lit

Matt TurnerDuring the last election cycle, the American working class got a lot of airplay. Donald Trump’s rhetoric was a throwback to a different era of politics and a different economy. Talk of American workers

Daily Review

Earth Angel: On Denis Johnson

Dear Astronaut Selection Officer: I am a civilian who would like to be considered for the one-year astronaut training program. I would be most grateful if you would send me information, application forms, and any such material you feel might be helpful in this regard.

Interviews

Tony Tulathimutte and Malcolm Harris

I met author Tony Tulathimutte at a reading in Manhattan where he asked the audience to vote on which section of his novel Private Citizens to read from: the one on writer’s workshops or the one on pornography. Porn won, and Tony delivered a complex, funny, and disturbing passage. Later, when I saw his blurb recommending Malcolm Harris’s new study, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, I read the book and was impressed by its sweeping socio-economic critique.

Video

Bookforum: “False Starts”

Conversation

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.

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