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No way around it

Teemu Ruskola (Emory): Notes on The Neutered Mother, or Toward a Queer Socialist Matriarchy. How Trump is turning US diplomats into arms merchants to the world. Narcissists in space: Elon Musk and his space-baron brethren want our admiration — their narcissistic exploits deserve nothing but our scorn. Nick Holdstock on the mass arrests and disappearances in Xinjiang. Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar. Mainstream fact-checkers are still trying to discredit Bernie Sanders’s


Paper Trail

“It’s been really exciting to give myself the time to delve into nonfiction, specifically cultural histories of China and America at the turn of the twentieth century,” Ottessa Moshfegh told the Amazon Book Review about her next project, a novel about a Chinese immigrant coming to the US at the turn of the century. “I’m

Syllabi

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

Daily Review

Country Music USA

Country fans no longer resemble the characters in country songs; they are salaried accountants chewing Nicorette in Chevy Tahoes, not railroad linemen spitting Copenhagen through the shot-out windows of a Ford F-150. Their assimilation worries them, and they sometimes
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    by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from Polish by Jennifer Croft

Interviews

Chelsea Hodson

In the autobiographical essays that make up her debut collection, Tonight I’m Someone Else, Chelsea Hodson examines the chaotic and bewildering experience of being an American woman and artist. At first glance, some essays resemble a well-curated Twitter feed— like the single-line, stream-of-consciousness observations found in “The End of Longing”—but Hodson offers much more than aphoristic quips: She delves deeply into themes such as longing, desire, performance, and voyeurism.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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The Man Without a Nation

Amitava Kumar

The one activity that was perhaps the most stable part of my identity that first semester was the seminar I was taking with Ehsaan Ali. His class Colonial Encounters was held on Friday afternoons. The seminar participants required his special permission to join.

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