The DNC hack is Watergate

“DNC hacker” Guccifer 2.0 unmasked: The hacker who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian, but new research shows he worked directly for the Vladimir Putin government in Moscow. The DNC hack is Watergate, but worse: The email dump isn’t a high-minded act of transparency — it’s a foreign power attempting to swing an election for its favored candidate. Steve Benen on a Watergate comparison that finally makes sense. Why did Trump dodge the Russia question? It is not business with Russia

Paper Trail

The Man Booker Prize longlist was announced this morning. The list includes Paul Beatty‘s The Sellout, David Means‘s Hystopia, Ottessa Moshfegh‘s Eileen, and ten other novels. The winner will be announced on October 25th. Michelle Goldberg, the author of The Means of Production: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, traces the way irrational animosity towards Hillary Clinton has changed over the past


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

The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution

The last thing most Americans wanted during Barack Obama’s second term was another war in the Middle East. But now we’re in one, and an inevitable and necessary raft of new books is emerging to explain to the public how and why this came to be. Patrick Cockburn’s The


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.


You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice by Tom Vanderbilt


Brand New Love

James Greer

The novel Supremacist documents a vision quest undertaken by the narrator, whose name is David Shapiro, and who seems to bear some resemblance to the author, whose name is also David Shapiro, Here’s where complications arise: For example, “David Shapiro” is itself a pseudonym, The fictional David Shapiro, meaning the narrator, is a twenty-six-year-old actuary student who lives in Brooklyn.