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The social construction of immigration policy

From the International Organization for Migration, here is the latest World Migration Report 2018. Martin Beckstein (Zurich) and Vanessa Rampton (ETH Zurich): Conservatism Between Theory and Practice: The Case of Migration to Europe. Wolfgang Streeck (Max Planck): Between Charity and Justice: Remarks on the Social Construction of Immigration Policy in Rich Democracies. Martina Paric (KU Leuven): Precarity as Identity Formation in Migrant Debate: The Danger of Double Precarity. Postcolonial


Paper Trail

Tom Bower is working on a new book about Prince Charles. Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles will explore the monarch’s “‘desperate bid to rehabilitate himself’ after Princess Diana’s death,” The Bookseller reports. Rebel Prince will be published in the UK next March; the book does not yet have a US

Syllabi

"We Are Revolution": Introducing Asia's Proletarian Lit

Matt TurnerDuring the last election cycle, the American working class got a lot of airplay. Donald Trump’s rhetoric was a throwback to a different era of politics and a different economy. Talk of American workers

Daily Review

Earth Angel: On Denis Johnson

Dear Astronaut Selection Officer: I am a civilian who would like to be considered for the one-year astronaut training program. I would be most grateful if you would send me information, application forms, and any such material you feel might be helpful in this regard.

Interviews

Tony Tulathimutte and Malcolm Harris

I met author Tony Tulathimutte at a reading in Manhattan where he asked the audience to vote on which section of his novel Private Citizens to read from: the one on writer’s workshops or the one on pornography. Porn won, and Tony delivered a complex, funny, and disturbing passage. Later, when I saw his blurb recommending Malcolm Harris’s new study, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, I read the book and was impressed by its sweeping socio-economic critique.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

Conversation

Minds of the Immortals: Emily Wilson on translating "The Odyssey"

Ben Shields

“The minds of the immortals rarely change,” old King Nestor tells Telemachus in Book III of The Odyssey, That may be true, but the ways that we experience and imagine those gods change regularly, Since the sixteenth century, dozens of English-language translators have traversed the epics of archaic Hellas, and all of them have returned with their own unique account: Blank verse, couplets, and prose are all available portals into Homer.

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