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What the hell happened in Niger?

Niger deaths prompt rare questions about U.S. mission. What the hell happened in Niger? Rumors are swirling over what took place in the final hours before four U.S. servicemen died — but a clear picture of what actually took place is only beginning to emerge. What really happened in Niger? Benghazi comparisons and conjecture threaten to overpower a serious assessment of what happened and why, experts and former military officers warn. This is not Trump’s Benghazi: The deaths of U.S. troops in


Paper Trail

PW recently asked women who work in book publishing if they’ve experienced sexual harassment, assault, or predatory behavior in the workplace. “We found that in spite of publishing’s high percentage of female workers (it’s estimated at roughly 80%), the industry still has a sexual harassment problem.” Simon and Schuster has announced that it will publish

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Women in Rock (Criticism)

Quinn Moreland Rock criticism has long been kind to a certain species of (male) character: wannabe experts who are prone to ranting and/or raving and proudly displaying their knowledge of niche subjects. It’s hard

Daily Review

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

It’s 1984 or 1985, Prince and the Revolution are in California, and they decide to drive out to Joni Mitchell’s house in Malibu for dinner. All devotees—Prince says his favorite album ever is 1975’s The Hissing of Summer Lawns—they chat and admire her paintings, and then

Interviews

Andrew Durbin

Over the past few years, I’ve heard Andrew Durbin read a handful of times from material that would comprise his debut novel, MacArthur Park, Blushing, he’d rush through the reading, his anxious timbre at odds with the confidently intelligent voice of his prose

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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A Broken Story: Jenny Erpenbeck's Refugee Novel

John Domini

Overseas, Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel has carried her to fresh levels of acclaim. She’s won not only the Thomas Mann Prize, in her native Germany, but also Italy’s Strega Europeo, something of a Booker for the Continent. Now the book is out in this country, under the title Go, Went, Gone, and though Erpenbeck’s four previous have won critical esteem—the New York Review of Books deemed her last novel “ferocious as well as virtuosic”—here,

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