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War and new weapons technologies

Vesa Kanniainen (Helsinki): Cyber Technology and Arms Race. John Yoo (UC-Berkeley): Embracing the Machines: Rationalist War and New Weapons Technologies. Will artificially intelligent weapons kill the laws of war? Amitai Etzioni (George Washington) and Oren Etzioni (Allen Institute): Pros and Cons of Autonomous Weapons Systems. Aleksandar Fatic (Belgrade): The Ethics of Drone Warfare. Militant groups have drones — now what? Drone warfare: James Rogers on the death of precision. Our next world


Paper Trail

Vogue magazine and Vice are joining up to create Project Vs, a website and branding exchange that will launch early next year. A Vice spokesman explained the project this way: “What started as a slow dance collaboration has quickly become a high speed collision between Vice and Vogue, juxtaposing the many social, political and cultural

Syllabi

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

A View of Her Own

Beginning the second paragraph of her 1973 essay on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set, published in the New York Review of Books, which she cofounded, Elizabeth Hardwick had a line on the lesser members of that mutual entourage: “Certain peripheral names vex the spirits.”

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

Conversation

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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