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The American criminal justice narrative

Jonathan Rapping (John Marshall): The Revolution Will Be Televised: Popular Culture and the American Criminal Justice Narrative. Oliver K. Roeder (Texas), Lauren-Brooke Eisen, Julia Bowling, and Inimai M. Chettiar (NYU), and Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia): What Caused the Crime Decline? Max Ehrenfreund on how no one can figure out why crime is so low. Geoff Ward (UC-Irvine): The Slow Violence of State Organized Race Crime. Andrew Verstein (Wake Forest): Violent White-Collar Crime. Jason L. Mallory


Paper Trail

More from Jenny Diski, whose serialized memoir we can’t get enough of. In this installment, someone asks, about Diski’s complicated adolescence, “Why didn’t you just do what you were told?” Diski doesn’t know how to answer. “Doing what I was told simply didn’t have a place in my story of myself. It was perfectly clear

Syllabi

Andre Dubus's best characters

Bibi DeitzAndre Dubus's literary superpower is to hit upon that one thing about a character that makes him him, or her her. And in so doing, with subtle, clever details—breadcrumbs on the trail to the nucleus

Daily Review

The Professor in the Cage

The Professor in the Cage is a straightforward work of popular science bookended by what Jonathan Gottschall himself calls a "memoir stunt": One day in his late thirties, Gottschall, a "cultured English professor," decided to join the mixed-martial-arts gym that had opened across the street from his campus office, with the ultimate goal of engaging in at least one professional fight.

    Interviews

    Miranda July

    In Miranda July's films and short stories, the protagonist is usually shut off from the world: insular, habit-prone, and to the outside world, a little weird, The beauty of Cheryl Glickman, the narrator of July's debut novel, The First Bad Man, is that she's come to see her idiosyncrasies as totally logical, After reading several pages of Cheryl's chatty internal monologue, the reader will, too.

    Miscellaneous

    The Autotelic Atticus Lish

    Catherine Foulkrod

    "I told my wife, 'Baby, I want to write twenty books,' and it’s not a boast; it’s because I believe in the Zen process. You know, if you rake a garden for fifty years, insight comes. My struggle right now is to make it no struggle. If I can do that, I can be a machine. I want to keep pumping out books because rarely can you just knock out a homerun. A perfect book only happens if you roll the dice a bunch of times. Take Cormac McCarthy

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