Why join Islamic State?

Mohammed Hafez and Creighton Mullins (NPS): The Radicalization Puzzle: A Theoretical Synthesis of Empirical Approaches to Homegrown Extremism. Shiraz Maher on the roots of radicalisation: It’s identity, stupid. Want to understand the jihadis? Read their poetry. To defeat the Islamic State, the West must understand the grievances that fuel the movement: Robert Ford reviews The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the Sunni Uprising by Patrick Cockburn. Why join Islamic State? Patrick Cockburn investigates.

Paper Trail

The Huffington Post is aiming to increase its number of contributors from one hundred thousand to one million, using a new app, Donatello, and a self-publishing platform for writers. Arianna Huffington assures us cynics that there will be a system in place for “preserving the quality”: Would-be authors will have to be approved by editors


The Literature of Obsolescence

Casey Michael HenryWilliam Gaddis, the author perhaps most concerned with the entropic decay of older systems and organizational principles in fiction, famously taught a class at Bard College in 1979 on "The Literature

Daily Review

The Guys Who Came in from the Cold

Ethan Mordden’s Buddies, published in 1986 by Stonewall Inn Editions, a historic gay-fiction imprint of St. Martin’s Press, is the second collection of interconnected short stories in Mordden’s five-volume series on gay life in Gotham (later titles include Some Men Are


Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the only serious and literary person I've encountered whose speech is filled with more "you knows" than mine. Unlike mine, perhaps, her verbal tic is not so much a crutch as a helping hand: she'll be saying something fast, brilliant, and thoughtful, and maybe you don't totally get it, but when she says "you know," she allows you to feel as if you do.


On Christine Brooke-Rose

Alex Gortman

When the “linguistic escape artist” Christine Brooke-Rose died in 2012, at the age of eighty-nine, she was already a buried author, her formidable oeuvre little read or appreciated. With elements of science fiction, metafiction, and nouveau roman, her writing has been called “resplendently unreadable,” “incomprehensible and pretentious,” and simply “difficult.”