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The real Aung San Suu Kyi?

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on U.S. Restrictions on Relations with Burma. Brooke Chambers and Miray Philips on the silence surrounding the Rohingya. Aung San Suu Kyi can't, or won't, rein in Burma's army: Her inability or unwillingness to stand up for persecuted Rohingya Muslims against the Burmese military has chilling implications. Is this the real Aung San Suu Kyi? The Nobel laureate has shocked the world by failing to speak up for persecuted minorities. Press freedom in


Paper Trail

Barack and Michelle Obama have sold the world rights to their forthcoming books to Penguin Random House. The deal was made after an intense bidding war in which offers from Penguin, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster reportedly went over $60 million, with the times reporting that the number “stretched well into eight figures.” Although

Syllabi

End of an Era

Emmett RensinThe era of Obama is over. Now the majority of Americans may see it clearly for the first time. Over the past eight years, it has become apparent that President Obama's presence in office was a distortion.

Daily Review

This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression

In a fascinating moment toward the end of Daphne Merkin's new memoir, This Close to Happy, she observes from her seat in the cafeteria of a psychiatric hospital that she feels jealous of the anorexics. "They were clearly and poignantly victims of a culture that said you

Interviews

John Darnielle

John Darnielle is a master of sympathetically depicting his characters, both in his music (he's the front man of the indie-folk band the Mountain Goats) and his novels, In both mediums, Darnielle renders his subjects—whether they are weirdos, sinners or some combination of the two—with tender empathy, His new novel, Universal Harvester, details the lives of Jeremy, a video-store clerk, and Stephanie, the schoolteacher he has a crush on.

Remembrance

Remembering Harry Mathews

Novelist, poet, and translator Harry Mathews died on January 25 of this year, Born in New York City in 1930, he studied music at Harvard, and after moving to France in the '50s, started writing fiction, publishing his first novel, The Conversions, in 1962, His capacity for literary invention seemed limitless, writing works full of eccentric twists, puzzles, and James-ian eloquence.

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