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A fight against Brett Kavanaugh

From Congressional Research Service, a report on Justice Anthony Kennedy: His Jurisprudence and the Future of the Court; a report on Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 to 2017: Actions by the Senate, the Judiciary Committee, and the President; a report on President’s Selection of a Nominee for a Supreme Court Vacancy: Overview; and a report on Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings for a Supreme Court Nominee: Overview. Kavanaugh paper chase threatens to draw out confirmation battle. We measured Brett


Paper Trail

Joseph O’Neil, the author of the novel Netherland, talks with Guernica about political fiction, his favorite Supreme Court decision, and the characters in his new book of stories, Good Trouble: “These are, for the most part, bourgeois American men and women that we’re reading about. They don’t lay a greater claim to one’s compassion or

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

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The Overstory

Richard Powers’s latest novel seems like a response to the call for serious fiction of the Anthropocene. Focusing on the 1990s “timber wars” in California’s redwood forests, The Overstory treats the idea of agency as a collective one, and depicts the human realm as inextricable from the natural world.

Interviews

Keith Gessen

Keith Gessen’s timely and hilarious new novel, A Terrible Country, arrives ten years after his first, All the Sad Young Literary Men. The story follows Andrei Kaplan, an overeducated, underemployed young academic as he relocates to Moscow to look after his sick grandmother in the summer of 2008. Over the course of the year, Andrei cares for his grandmother, plays hockey, befriends revolutionaries, and falls in love.

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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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