Salman’s Saudi Arabia

From NYRB, “I can’t believe I’m in Saudi Arabia”: Lindsey Hilsum reviews Salman’s Legacy: The Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia, ed. Madawi Al-Rasheed and Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal al-Sharif. The prince who would remake the world: In Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia, women will take the wheel — how much is really changing? From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations; and a report on Yemen: Civil War and Regional

Paper Trail

The “Alternative Nobel Prize” in literature has been awarded to the Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé, author of novels including Desirada, Segu, and Crossing the Mangrove. The New Academy Prize was created after the Nobels were canceled this year, and serve “as a reminder that literature should be associated with democracy, openness, empathy and respect.” According


The Roots of the Alt-right

Mike WendlingDuring the last presidential election cycle, you may have read reports describing the alt-right—a loosely organized group of anti-PC, anti-feminist, race-obsessed online warriors—as a strange, newly

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Declaration of Independence

Like democracy (and reading), documentary filmmaking involves the art of listening. Whenever I begin working on a new project, I have to relearn how to actually hear what the person in front of me is saying.


Deborah Eisenberg

Over the span of thirty-two years, Deborah Eisenberg has produced five short-fiction collections, each more emotionally thoughtful and rigorous than the last. Like her past work, Eisenberg’s newest collection, Your Duck Is My Duck, requires not just a reader’s utmost attention, but also a willingness to be vulnerable and receptive. Rather than concern themselves with plot in an obvious way, the stories tend to chase abstract questions and explore how time impacts those pursuits.


Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"



Jessica Hopper

Saturday was the Hold Steady video. It is a good thing not all one hundred people showed up because we had room for about thirty-three total. People later said they did not show because filming video is waiting around for twenty hours to act fake-excited in one-minute spurts.