The insistence that this is a meritocracy

From The Hedgehog Review, a special section on meritocracy and its discontents, including Helen Andrews on the new ruling class; Wilfred M. McClay on how meritocracy went wrong; and Robert H. Frank on just deserts. Why Americans ignore the role of luck in everything: Jesse Singal reviews Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert Frank. Are you successful? If so, you’ve already won the lottery. Ruth Whippman on why the American Dream is making you unhappy: The insistence

Paper Trail

George R. R. Martin is releasing digitally-enhanced editions of his A Song of Ice and Fire series. A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition was released by Apple’s iBooks yesterday on the twentieth anniversary of its publication, and includes “interactive character maps … detailed annotations, character journeys and timelines, family trees and and audio clips.” The


Anxious Vacations

Naomi FryAs we hunch over computers in airless office cubicles, many of us wish we could take a break from our daily routine. But vacationing can be an anxious endeavor in its own right. The following books

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The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World

The battle over the licensing rights to Tetris, the resulting reverberations the game caused in the world of video games and popular culture, and even geopolitical relations between the USSR and the West come together in Dan Ackerman's book The Tetris Effect.


Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman's fiction may share affinities with the luminaries of our postmodern canon—Don DeLillo, Robert Coover, and Ben Marcus—but her sensibility equally recalls the films of David Lynch.


Elephants in Lake Charles

Arlie Russell Hochschild

"YOU CAN TELL I’m a Republican,” Janice Areno says as she invites me to sit down in her office, Elephants fill three shelves of a wall opposite her desk, One is blue-and-white porcelain, a second is gold, a third is red, white, and blue and stands near a young child’s drawing of a yellow one.