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Omnivore

Don't get complacent

Glenn Stone (WUSTL): Biosecurity in the Age of Genetic Engineering. Jaume Ventura (Pompeu Fabra) and Hans-Joachim Voth (Zurich): Debt into Growth: How Sovereign Debt Accelerated the First Industrial Revolution. Loads of debt: Peter Eavis on a global ailment with few cures (and a response by Dean Baker). As Greece fractures, old wounds are reopening. Roque Planas and Adriana Usero on why being treated like a colony makes it harder for Puerto Rico to fix its debt. Jonathan Cohn on what supporters


Paper Trail

‘‘I think let’s start iterating,’’ Arianna Huffington says. ‘‘Let’s not wait for the perfect product.’’ At the New York Times magazine, a look inside how the Huffington Post is run: “It’s as though Huffington is spreading an illness while simultaneously peddling the cure. Call it hypocrisy, but it testifies to her savvy. The business of

Syllabi

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

A City of One's Own

The Men in My Life, Vivian Gornick’s 2008 collection of critical writing, begins with an essay on the nineteenth-century British novelist George Gissing. Gornick particularly admires his novel The Odd Women (1893). In the book’s feminist reformer, Rhoda Nunn, Gornick

Interviews

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.

Miscellaneous

"Force Majeure," Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the Disease of Manhood

Dan Duray

Sweden has produced two of the most powerful contemporary renderings of manhood as a disease, as a sickness that contaminates the nuclear family. Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Ostund, addressed the modern family and its masculine saboteurs more directly than any other film last year. And then of course there's My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgaard's epic inventory of one man's failures as a husband and a father.

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