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To the brink

Sara Protasi (Puget Sound): “I’m not envious, I’m just jealous!”: On the Difference Between Envy and Jealousy. How India and China have come to the brink over a remote mountain pass. Koch brothers orchestrate grassroots effort to lower corporate taxes, documents show. Jeff Sessions might have to imprison Trump’s innocent political enemies to save his own job. From Vox, Republicans’ Obamacare repeal drive has revealed a political system where words have no meaning; and why Senate Republicans


Paper Trail

After nearly forty years with the paper, the New York Times’s chief book critic Michiko Kakutani is stepping down. The Times has a round up of the best of Kakutani’s thirty-year years of reviewing. Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo reports that Kakutani accepted a buyout offer, and plans to “branch out and write more essays about

Syllabi

Civilizations in Crisis: Chinese Speculative Fiction

Darren HuangIn the Chinese literary world, speculative fiction has long been a necessary means of critique and protest against an overbearing regime. Science fiction authors create new (often dystopian) universes

Daily Review

Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

While reading Trita Parsi’s history of the US-Iran nuclear negotiations, it’s hard not to wonder with horror—at every complicated twist and turn of the proceedings—how Donald Trump would manage a similar ordeal. The sometimes excruciating detail of Parsi’s book reminds

Interviews

Quinn Latimer

In the pages of her recent chimeric collection, Like A Woman, poet and critic Quinn Latimer offers essays, poems, lists, and missives penned since 2010. The result is a critical memoir interleaved with texts on a pantheon of women artists.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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Moving Kings

Joshua Cohen

Each move had its own logistics, each party to a move its own subterfuges. Because the customers would misrepresent their possessions on the online form, Ruth would have to call and followup: buildings vet prospective tenants, movers vet prospective loads.

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