Getting used to Trump’s insanity

Trump was going to investigate voter fraud — what happened? This poll number is a testament to the power of fake news: “A majority of Republicans — 52% — say that they believe then-President Barack Obama spied on then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign”. David Cole on Trump’s travel bans: Look beyond the text. Trump creates office that allows victims of crimes to blame immigrants. Bomb envy: Rafia Zakaria on how Trump learned to be loved. Why Trump’s plan to use China

Paper Trail

Granta has released their annual list of the best young American novelists, which includes Ottessa Moshfegh, Garth Risk Hallberg, Yaa Gyasi, and Emma Cline, among others. At The Guardian, Michelle Dean writes that “the list’s apparent lack of theme or consistency” is representative of post-Trump America. “Though the power and the strife of the country


Becoming Jane Austen

Laura BrodieThe success of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the latest sign of a fascination for all things Austen. Today’s Janeites devour everything from novels to blogs to cultural

Daily Review

The American Experiment

FUNNY THAT EVERY PLACE Joan Didion visits is falling apart. "A problem of making connections," her first column for Life, begins with a note on why her three-year-old daughter cannot, in Hawaii, go to the beach: "She cannot go to the beach because there has been an


Durga Chew-Bose

A critic who prefers the term “enthusiast,” an essayist who worries she’s really a poet, Durga is an unrivalled player of what Doris Lessing, in The Golden Notebook, calls “the game.”


Bookforum: “False Starts”


The Life and Death of Louis Kahn

Wendy Lesser

It was not just the suddenness of his death that made it hard to realize Louis Kahn was gone, Something about the way he disappeared from the world—irregularly, mysteriously, with that strange two-day gap when nobody he knew could find him—left many people unable to take in the facts of his death. For the California relatives, who learned about Lou’s death through a series of relayed phone calls, there was a persistent confusion about