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Why the Russia investigation matters

Why did Russia become such a big issue only after November? In part because of who won. Trump spilling secrets to Russia is another damning indictment of 2016 emails coverage. Richard Clarke on why everyone warned about Trump’s Russia ties couldn’t believe their eyes. Why the Russia investigation matters and why you should care. Why does President Trump stay loyal to Michael Flynn? The many ways Trump has tried to intervene in the Russia investigation, in one chart. How a prosecutor might use


Paper Trail

Jesus’ Son author Denis Johnson died yesterday at the age of 67. The news was announced by Farrar, Straus and Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi. “Denis was one of the great writers of his generation,” Galassi said. “He wrote prose with the imaginative concentration and empathy of the poet he was.” The collection of O. Henry

Syllabi

Doubt

Maud NewtonThe narrator of my novel in progress has a storefront preacher mother and a family legacy of extremism that seem, the more she struggles against them, destined to determine her future. While her life

Daily Review

Walks with Walser

It’s perilous when the words spoken by a writer end up more well known than those he actually wrote. The line “I’m not here to write, I’m here to be mad” has appeared in most articles about Robert Walser written since his death in 1956. The “here” is, supposedly, the Sanatorium of Appenzell in Herisau, Switzerland, and the hearer was, allegedly, Carl Seelig.

Interviews

Durga Chew-Bose

A critic who prefers the term “enthusiast,” an essayist who worries she’s really a poet, Durga is an unrivalled player of what Doris Lessing, in The Golden Notebook, calls “the game.”

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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The Life and Death of Louis Kahn

Wendy Lesser

It was not just the suddenness of his death that made it hard to realize Louis Kahn was gone, Something about the way he disappeared from the world—irregularly, mysteriously, with that strange two-day gap when nobody he knew could find him—left many people unable to take in the facts of his death. For the California relatives, who learned about Lou’s death through a series of relayed phone calls, there was a persistent confusion about

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