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Omnivore

Staying put

Jennifer Jolly-Ryan (Northern Kentucky): Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: The Intrepid, Pioneering, White Water Paddler’s Right to Stop on Private Land. Christopher Simon Wareham (Witwatersrand): What is the Ethics of Ageing? From Political Concepts, a special issue on Etienne Balibar. Bad news for President Trump: The Comey memos are more revealing than they seem. Parag Pathak wins John Bates Clark Medal. Swaziland gets a name change: Call it eSwatini now. William Jacoby used an academic journal to


Paper Trail

Jennifer Egan notes the challenges facing the writers collective PEN America now. “At the core of PEN America’s advocacy have always been threats to free expression. Under the Trump administration we’re seeing more of those on our domestic front than most of us could have imagined five years ago. PEN America is uniquely equipped to

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

Power Trip

Tao Lin’s eighth book, Trip, is his best yet, and it’s all thanks to drugs. Well, perhaps not entirely thanks to drugs. With exercise comes mastery, or at least competence, and Lin has been practicing his idiosyncratic craft for over a decade.

Interviews

Wayne Koestenbaum

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.

Video

Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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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