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A lawless, out-of-control president

Trump humiliates everyone, including John McCain. Trump the disloyalist: Why is anyone surprised by the president’s treatment of Jeff Sessions? Trump famously said, “You’re fired”, but he tends to demean rather than dismiss. Jeff Sessions is growing “pissed” at Trump, his allies say — and he doesn’t plan to quit. Joshua Green: In Trump’s world, “you’re never really dead if you just stick around and endure it”. Trump’s cabinet is “ready to bail”. What happens if Trump fires Mueller? When this man


Paper Trail

Recently appointed communications director Anthony Scaramucci is offering “amnesty” to any staff members who have leaked information to the press, but reserves the right to “fire everybody” if necessary. “I’m committed to taking the comms shop down to Sarah [Huckabee Sanders] and me, if I can’t get the leaks to stop,” he told Politico. The

Syllabi

Civilizations in Crisis: Chinese Speculative Fiction

Darren HuangIn the Chinese literary world, speculative fiction has long been a necessary means of critique and protest against an overbearing regime. Science fiction authors create new (often dystopian) universes

Daily Review

Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

While reading Trita Parsi’s history of the US-Iran nuclear negotiations, it’s hard not to wonder with horror—at every complicated twist and turn of the proceedings—how Donald Trump would manage a similar ordeal. The sometimes excruciating detail of Parsi’s book reminds

Interviews

Quinn Latimer

In the pages of her recent chimeric collection, Like A Woman, poet and critic Quinn Latimer offers essays, poems, lists, and missives penned since 2010. The result is a critical memoir interleaved with texts on a pantheon of women artists.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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Moving Kings

Joshua Cohen

Each move had its own logistics, each party to a move its own subterfuges. Because the customers would misrepresent their possessions on the online form, Ruth would have to call and followup: buildings vet prospective tenants, movers vet prospective loads.

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