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Trump disrespects the military

From Lawfare, Ned Price on the civil-military divide: A temporary casualty of the Trump administration. It’s not organized military opposition to President Donald Trump, but day by day, generals and admirals are publicly stepping up and directly giving the American public their views in ways that don’t always match the Twitter rhetoric of their commander in chief. Weakest commander in chief ever: Trump likes to say that he’s strong on the military — but he’s weak, so weak. Trump breaks these 3


Paper Trail

George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. The Guardian’s Justine Jordan writes that while the decision to give the award to two Americans in a row might bother some, Saunders’s book was the right choice for this year. “At a time when America is notably divided,

Syllabi

Women in Rock (Criticism)

Quinn Moreland Rock criticism has long been kind to a certain species of (male) character: wannabe experts who are prone to ranting and/or raving and proudly displaying their knowledge of niche subjects. It’s hard

Daily Review

A View of Her Own

Beginning the second paragraph of her 1973 essay on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set, published in the New York Review of Books, which she cofounded, Elizabeth Hardwick had a line on the lesser members of that mutual entourage: “Certain peripheral names vex the spirits.”

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Andrew Durbin

Over the past few years, I’ve heard Andrew Durbin read a handful of times from material that would comprise his debut novel, MacArthur Park, Blushing, he’d rush through the reading, his anxious timbre at odds with the confidently intelligent voice of his prose

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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A Broken Story: Jenny Erpenbeck's Refugee Novel

John Domini

Overseas, Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel has carried her to fresh levels of acclaim. She’s won not only the Thomas Mann Prize, in her native Germany, but also Italy’s Strega Europeo, something of a Booker for the Continent. Now the book is out in this country, under the title Go, Went, Gone, and though Erpenbeck’s four previous have won critical esteem—the New York Review of Books deemed her last novel “ferocious as well as virtuosic”—here,

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