Rising up

Maura Priest (Arizona State): Patriotism: Commitment, not Pride. Alex Ward on 4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference (and more and more and more). The detention of Huawei’s CFO is legally justified — why doesn’t the U.S. say so? (and more) More powerful than a Russian troll army: The National Enquirer. In Roma, Texas, residents must choose: Help Border Patrol, or border crossers? Don’t blame Jakelin Caal’s death on her father — US policies did this. Google’s

Paper Trail

Former House Speaker John Boehner is working on a memoir, Politico reports. Notes From a Smoke-Filled Room will cover Boehner’s Washington career and harkens back to “a bygone era when bipartisan deals were negotiated by party leaders behind closed doors rather than in front of the cameras and on Twitter—and when a politician’s habit for


Outrageous Clarity: The Fictions of Amélie Nothomb

Charlotte ShaneWith Amélie Nothomb’s latest, Strike Your Heart, the Francophone author of twenty-five books seems to have finally found some of the American attention she deserves. (I’m basing this assessment in part

Daily Review

Fighting Words

Early one morning in February 2012, as the Syrian army was pounding the besieged city of Homs into submission, artillery fire crashed around a building in the embattled district of Baba Amr. As rocket fire closed in, the handful of foreign journalists and activists who’d been using the building as a makeshift media center panicked.


John Keene

The writer, translator, and poet John Keene has long married a daringly experimental style with a commitment to stories that are usually omitted by history’s ellipses. It’s an approach tangible in his work as a translator, where Keene has long expounded the need for English editions of black diasporic authors.


Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"


The Great Divide: Russia and the West

Tony Wood

The events of the past few years have created a glaring divide between Russia and the West, How and why did this happen, In the West, the story of how relations with Russia descended to their current abysmal level is often told as one of an ominous drift, under Putin, back toward a Soviet-style showdown between Moscow and its former adversaries—prompting many to conclude that the two sides found themselves waging a ‘New Cold War’.