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Omnivore

Ryan’s chilling policy agenda

No one’s talking about the new tax law: Republicans hoped to make their $1.5 trillion overhaul the centerpiece of the 2018 midterm elections — but Americans, including President Trump, have lost interest. The Trump tax cuts’ unpopularity is a crisis for the GOP. Paul Ryan suggests trillion-dollar deficits were inevitable. On the deficit, GOP has been playing us all for suckers. The Gospel According to Paul: Chris Lehmann on how a cynical Randian hustler played a myopic D.C. press corps for suckers.


Paper Trail

Parkland shooting survivors and siblings David Hogg and Lauren Hogg are writing a book with Random House. #NeverAgain, which includes a foreword by Parkland student Emma González, will detail the movement’s purpose and challenges as they attempt to convince lawmakers to enact new gun control legislation. #NeverAgain will be published in June. The shortlist for

Syllabi

Marriage Reimagined

Laura SmithIt is easy to view the vast and varied landscape of marriage in the present day as a radical departure from a more conservative past. But many of these marriage alternatives—including polyamory, open

Daily Review

The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America

In 1977, the school district of Kansas City, Missouri, sued the state of Missouri for supporting segregation. Kansas City students were largely black; suburban schools educated significantly whiter populations. The government’s districting policies, the suit alleged,

Interviews

Wayne Koetenbaum

Ludwig Wittgenstein noted that in representational writing, “one thinks that one is tracing the outline of the thing’s nature . . . and one is merely tracing round the frame through which we look at it.” In Wayne Koestenbaum’s “trance journals”—The Pink Trance Notebooks (2015) and the newly released Camp Marmalade—both the frame and the off-frame are folded into his trans-perspectival impressions.

Essay

A Poet of the Archives: On Susan Howe

Emily LaBarge

Howe has long been interested in distilling signs and symbols, whether “art objects” or words themselves, into something more revelatory. Considering riddles, lost languages, doubled surfaces, spells, magical thinking, and other elusive forms of expression, Howe sounds the depths.

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