Social Security is 80 years old

The New Republic explores the Social Security administration’s list of America’s dead (and more). Social Security is 80 years old — here's why it’s just so damn great (and more and more and more). Steve Pressman reviews Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All by Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingston. Kevin Drum on how Social Security is more important than a lot of people realize; and on how Social Security cuts are fairly popular if you

Paper Trail

At New York, Christian Lorentzen has an essay on Jonathan Franzen’s Purity, in which he joins Elaine Blair in bringing “some skepticism to the dizzy proceedings,” and also considers the Franzen phenomenon more generally: “Do you love Jonathan Franzen? Does America? Does the world? These questions sound ridiculous, but they’re the ones Franzen has been posing


Feminism, Dominance, and Submission

Catherine ScottIt can seem a tall order to find literature about BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadomasochism) that is both erotic and cerebral, and that can depict a woman playing the

Daily Review

The Body Where I Was Born

"I was born with a white beauty mark, or what others call a birthmark, covering the cornea of my right eye," an unnamed female narrator states at the outset of the new book by the talented Mexican novelist Guadalupe Nettel. The spot, she describes, "stretched across my iris and over the pupil through which light must pass to reach the back of the brain."


Camden Joy

More than a pseudonym, Camden Joy is a persona—one that allows Tom Adelman to write novels, essays, and manifestos altogether different from the books he's published under his given name. Adelman integrates biography, his own and others', into his fiction and obsesses over art that has repercussions beyond its frame. His art has had repercussions of its own, including, in some cases, threats of lawsuits or worse.


Not Writing

Anne Boyer

I am not writing a scandalous memoir. I am not writing a pathetic memoir. I am not writing a memoir about poetry or love. I am not writing a memoir about poverty, debt collection, or bankruptcy. I am not writing about family court. I am not writing a memoir because memoirs are for property owners and not writing a memoir about prohibitions of memoirs.