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Gil Morejon (DePaul): Eternal Life and the Time of Death: Biopolitical Threat and Miguel Vatter’s Republic of the Living. Karen E. Bravo (Indiana): Making “Slavery” Work. The United Nations will launch its first space mission in 2021. Africa’s largest public-opinion survey is under threat, but here’s what you can do about it. Bruce Bartlett on why it’s not too late to fix Fox News. Conservatives say Hillary Clinton can’t plead ignorance — but corporate criminals can. A review of a new Hitler


Paper Trail

George R. R. Martin is releasing digitally-enhanced editions of his A Song of Ice and Fire series. A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition was released by Apple’s iBooks yesterday on the twentieth anniversary of its publication, and includes “interactive character maps … detailed annotations, character journeys and timelines, family trees and and audio clips.” The

Syllabi

Andre Dubus's best characters

Bibi DeitzAndre Dubus's literary superpower is to hit upon that one thing about a character that makes him him, or her her. And in so doing, with subtle, clever details—breadcrumbs on the trail to the nucleus

Daily Review

The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World

The battle over the licensing rights to Tetris, the resulting reverberations the game caused in the world of video games and popular culture, and even geopolitical relations between the USSR and the West come together in Dan Ackerman's book The Tetris Effect.

Interviews

Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman's fiction may share affinities with the luminaries of our postmodern canon—Don DeLillo, Robert Coover, and Ben Marcus—but her sensibility equally recalls the films of David Lynch.

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Elephants in Lake Charles

Arlie Russell Hochschild

"YOU CAN TELL I’m a Republican,” Janice Areno says as she invites me to sit down in her office, Elephants fill three shelves of a wall opposite her desk, One is blue-and-white porcelain, a second is gold, a third is red, white, and blue and stands near a young child’s drawing of a yellow one.

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