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Likelihood of nuclear war is rising

Former Joint Chiefs chairman Mike Mullen: Likelihood of nuclear war is rising. Is Donald Trump getting ready to attack North Korea? Nuclear destruction “one impulsive tantrum away”, Nobel winners warn. “They want to know if Trump’s crazy”: Susan Glasser goes inside the secret back-channel North Korea talks. Sen. Tammy Duckworth on North Korea: “Most Americans don’t realize how close we are to this war”. A war with North Korea would be a conflict like no other (and millions could die). This is


Paper Trail

The Guardian’s US website will be edited by Dreamers through this Wednesday. Itzel Guillen, Irving Hernandez, Allyson Durate, and Justino Mora began commissioning essays, commentary, and photography for the project in October, with the hopes of convincing congress to take action on DACA. “These are inspiring, imaginative and resourceful young adults whose lives are currently

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

The Kingdom

"The Kingdom" is a weird, brilliant hybrid of biblical interpretation, memoir, and historical fiction in which the author speculates about the personalities of the earliest Christians. The book is brash in its structure, tone, and some of its claims. But Carrère isn’t doing anything that Christians haven't been doing for two millennia. He’s just doing it an in a wildly contemporary, self-conscious way.

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.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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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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