The retail scam known as the modern university

Andrew Whelan (Wollongong): Academic Critique of Neoliberal Academia. Jonathan Cole on the pillaging of America’s state universities: The financial struggle of public research institutions may be a matter of choice — not necessity, as public leaders say. When universities try to behave like businesses, education suffers. Astra Taylor on how universities are becoming billion-dollar hedge funds with schools attached: Students are beginning to urge divestment. Ayn Rand acolyte Carl Barney is selling

Paper Trail

Washington Post reporter Jose A. DelReal was denied entry to a Mike Pence rally in Wisconsin, even after he had stored his cellphone and laptop in his car at the request of security. Erik Wemple has a round-up of the many troubling aspects of Trump’s adversarial relationship with the press. Observer writer Lincoln Mitchell is the


Fame's Growing Pains

Natasha StaggConsider the following simile: Growing up is like getting famous. The confusing internal and external changes, the influx of sexual attention, with its addictive qualities, and the magnified sense of

Daily Review

How Exhaustion Became a Status Symbol

Each era remakes exhaustion in its own image, reflecting its medical, technological and cultural developments, as well as its fears. Dangerous precisely because it keeps us from action, it has for centuries done double duty as a sign of weakness and a badge of honor.


Emma Cline

A month ago, I attended a reading by Emma Cline at BookCourt, in Brooklyn. Cline's debut novel, The Girls, had just come out to breathless reviews, and the event was well attended. Cline, twenty-seven, seemed neither nervous nor overeager to please. Less-is-more is a concept she understands.


"A Ted Hughes Bestiary" edited by Alice Oswald

David Biespiel

Among the mysteries of the strange animals that appear in A Ted Hughes Bestiary—a compilation edited by poet Alice Oswald of his writing about animals real and invented—is how often these creatures strike me as anything but strange. Taking one of his great plunges into the waterways—those “legendary” depths “deep as England”—he encounters an otter with a “round head like a tomcat,” or a pike with its “sag belly."