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Entities in legal theory

Jill Fraley (Washington and Lee): The Jurisprudence of Nature. Enrique Guerra-Pujol (UCF): The Evolutionary Path of the Law. Fabio P. L. Almeida (UnB): The Emergence of Constitutionalism as an Evolutionary Biocultural Adaptation. William A. Edmundson (Georgia State): Law’s Evolution and Law as Custom. Rolien Roos (North-West): Is Law Science? Haider Ala Hamoudi (Pittsburgh): Decolonizing the Centralist Mind: Legal Pluralism and the Rule of Law. Christopher Tomlins (UC-Berkeley): The Presence and


Paper Trail

Tonight, St. Joseph’s College is hosting a birthday tribute to the late, great novelist Gilbert Sorrentino. Organized by Doubleday editor (and Bookforum contributor) Gerald Howard and Greenlight Bookstore, the event will feature readings and discussions of his work by a stellar group of admirers, including Don DeLillo, Sam Lipsyte, Joshua Cohen, Christopher Sorrentino, Mark Chiusano,

Syllabi

Found Manuscripts

Aaron PeckA manuscript has a life of its own. One never knows where it will end up. Once a physical copy exists, its future is uncertain: it could be destroyed, lost, or find itself in unintended hands. The

Daily Review

The Fine Art of Fucking Up

Is the phrase "a farce set in art school" redundant? Cate Dicharry's first novel takes that view, and while this position could easily be insufferable as well as unnecessary—hitting the broad side of a barn is not exactly a daring challenge—she makes it an unvarnished delight. This is an especially wise authorial move given how well-worked a genre the campus novel is—and how brave or even foolhardy it is to follow the likes of Kingsley Amis, Mary McCarthy, and Randall Jarrell.

Interviews

Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso's latest book, Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, ostensibly about the eight-hundred-thousand-word journal she kept for twenty-five years, is in essence an act of withholding. On most pages, a few paragraphs or lines of text are surrounded by white space—precise moments suspended in the mass of formless, unrecorded time.

Essay

Dennis Cooper's Haunted HTML Novel

Paige K. Bradley

You could call Dennis Cooper's new HTML novel, Zac’s Haunted House, many things: net art, a glorified Tumblr, a visual novel, a mood board, or a dark night of the Internet's soul. It has just a few words—the chapter titles and a few subtitles embedded in some of the gifs—but it still very clearly belongs to Cooper’s own haunted oeuvre, capable of evoking powerful and gnarled emotions.

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