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Trump scandals you forgot about

John Mikhail (Georgetown): The Definition of “Emolument” in English Language and Legal Dictionaries, 1523-1806. Donald O. Mayer (Denver) and Adam J. Sulkowski (Babson College): Emoluments and Implications from Conflict of Interest Laws and Private Sector Fiduciary Duty. Trump’s 2020 campaign has already paid out $600K — to Trump. The U.S. military is dropping $130,000 a month for a Trump Tower rental. Ivanka Trump is making millions off her father’s presidency. How Donald Trump is monetising his


Paper Trail

After nearly forty years with the paper, the New York Times’s chief book critic Michiko Kakutani is stepping down. The Times has a round up of the best of Kakutani’s thirty-year years of reviewing. Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo reports that Kakutani accepted a buyout offer, and plans to “branch out and write more essays about

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Civilizations in Crisis: Chinese Speculative Fiction

Darren HuangIn the Chinese literary world, speculative fiction has long been a necessary means of critique and protest against an overbearing regime. Science fiction authors create new (often dystopian) universes

Daily Review

Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

While reading Trita Parsi’s history of the US-Iran nuclear negotiations, it’s hard not to wonder with horror—at every complicated twist and turn of the proceedings—how Donald Trump would manage a similar ordeal. The sometimes excruciating detail of Parsi’s book reminds

Interviews

Quinn Latimer

In the pages of her recent chimeric collection, Like A Woman, poet and critic Quinn Latimer offers essays, poems, lists, and missives penned since 2010. The result is a critical memoir interleaved with texts on a pantheon of women artists.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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Moving Kings

Joshua Cohen

Each move had its own logistics, each party to a move its own subterfuges. Because the customers would misrepresent their possessions on the online form, Ruth would have to call and followup: buildings vet prospective tenants, movers vet prospective loads.

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