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The stage for Trump’s corrosive ideas on immigration

From the Congressional Research Service, a primer on U.S. immigration policy. Soumyajit Mazumder (Harvard): Becoming White: How Mass Warfare Turned Immigrants into Americans. Jennifer Jones (Notre Dame) and Hana E. Brown (Wake Forest): American Federalism and Racial Formation in Contemporary Immigration Policy. Margaret Hu (Washington and Lee): Algorithmic Jim Crow. Sahar F. Aziz (Rutgers): A Muslim Registry: The Precursor to Internment? Jennifer M. Chacon (UC-Irvine): Criminalizing Immigration


Paper Trail

Endeavor Content has bought the film and television rights to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. Wolff has signed on as an executive producer, and the Hollywood Reporter writes that “the massive deal is said to be in the seven-figure range.” The New York Times notes that, after Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s HBO project on

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.

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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