The case of the United Kingdom

Luke Martell (Sussex): Why the UK Should Have Open Borders. Katarzyna Ochman (Warsaw): Commonwealth Games and Their Impact on Scotland’s Future in or outside the United Kingdom. From The Economist, a look at the tricky disputes and dilemmas involved in breaking up the union. What we need is a federal structure with Scotland, Wales and a selection of English regions being the constituent Lander — Eine Bundesrepublik Britannien. Nick Cohen on Scottish nationalism: Turning neighbours into foreigners.

Paper Trail

  The MacArthur awards have been announced. Among the writers are Alison Bechdel, author of the illustrated memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother?; Samuel D. Hunter, who wrote the play The Whale; and Terrance Hayes, a poet. The 2014 National Book Awards nonfiction longlist names Anand Gopal, Walter Isaacson, Edward O. Wilson, Evan



Michael Barron"Writing about music," the saying goes, "is like dancing about architecture." If it's meant to dissuade, the warning has gone unheeded: Over the years, a number of novels about music have ingeniously

Daily Review

Wolf in White Van

From an early age, Sean Phillips, the narrator of John Darnielle’s novel Wolf in White Van, has counted himself among a particular sect of “young men who need to escape.” Alone in his backyard in Southern California in the early ’80s, he pretended he was Conan the


Ben Lerner

10:04, Ben Lerner's ingenious new novel, is a Sebaldian book made from starkly American material. As in Sebald, time haunts 10:04's narrator, But instead of being haunted by an awful, crumbling past, la Austerlitz, the narrator of 10:04 is swamped by a rising simultaneity; by pasts, presents, and futures happening all at once.


On Karen Graham

Justin Vivian Bond

In the new essay collection Icon (edited by Amy Scholder; published by the Feminist Press), writers discuss their relationships with public figures that they've idolized, obsessed over, worried about, and been inspired by, Contributors include Mary Gaitskill (who pays homage to Linda Lovelace), Johanna Fateman (Andrea Dworkin), and Kate Zambreno (Kathy Acker), among others. The pieces vividly blend biography and autobiography, moving