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The view from Latin America

A new issue of Critical Reviews of Latin American Research is out. Jose H. Bortoluci and Robert S. Jansen (Michigan): Toward a Postcolonial Sociology: The View From Latin America. Erin Graff Zivin (USC): Beyond Inquisitional Logic, or, Toward an An-archaeological Latin Americanism. Matiias Bargsted, Juan Carlos Castillo, and Nicolas M. Somma (UC-CL): Political Trust in Latin America. Naomi Roht-Arriaza (Hastings): After Amnesties Are Gone: Latin American National Courts and the New Contours of


Paper Trail

Adam Bellow—son of Saul Bellow, as he must tire of being reminded—has compiled a Buzzfeed list for readers worried about “the ingrained (and often unconscious) liberalism of mainstream popular culture.” Never fear! There is “a growing countercultural revolt” that has “escaped widespread notice,” and all you need to do is turn to Bellow’s website, Liberty

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Weird Sex

Vanessa RovetoThere's good sex and there's bad sex. And then there's weird sex—a Freudian purgatory that somehow neither stimulates the libido nor inhibits it. In art and life, we're inclined to seek out pleasure

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No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State

Within days of the publication of No Place to Hide, a photograph began circulating on the Internet that showed National Security Agency operatives surreptitiously implanting a surveillance device on an intercepted computer. After nearly a year of revelations about the

Interviews

Thomas Beller

J.D. Salinger spent nearly the last sixty years of his life as a recluse, attempting to outrun the fame brought by his celebrated first novel, The Catcher in the Rye. In Thomas Beller's new biography, J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist, Salinger's life appears as a triptych, in which the entire last half of Salinger's life—but only one story, "Hapworth 16, 1924"—is relegated to the final panel.

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F for Fake

Brian Dillon

What exactly do we mean when we call an artist or writer a charlatan? What manner of truth is in question? Assuredly, an artistic or literary charlatan is not merely a fraud, a forger, or an impostor. Such quasi-criminal categories have their own clear-cut logic: The perpetrator either is or isn't what he purports to be. But an accusation of charlatanry points to something far more fundamental than a simple waywardness with the facts.

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