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The world's spiralling levels of inequality

Andreas Jorgensen (Copenhagen): Why Inequality Matters. Anjan Kumar Saha (Monash): Deep Roots of Income Inequality. Research from 24 countries shows that economic inequality is associated with political inequality. Do human rights increase inequality? Samuel Moyn on how human rights, even perfectly realized human rights, are compatible with inequality, even radical inequality. The introduction to The Globalization of Inequality by Francois Bourguignon. Matt O’Brien on how much money the super


Paper Trail

Publishers Weekly gently addresses Bill O’Reilly’s distress over their failure to include his book Killing Reagan in their latest “announcement issue,” which provides librarians and booksellers with a list of the upcoming season’s significant books. The political journalist Leslie Gelb has landed in trouble for apparently promising Hillary Clinton friendly coverage in advance—”He said he

Syllabi

The Literature of Obsolescence

Casey Michael HenryWilliam Gaddis, the author perhaps most concerned with the entropic decay of older systems and organizational principles in fiction, famously taught a class at Bard College in 1979 on "The Literature

Daily Review

A City of One's Own

The Men in My Life, Vivian Gornick’s 2008 collection of critical writing, begins with an essay on the nineteenth-century British novelist George Gissing. Gornick particularly admires his novel The Odd Women (1893). In the book’s feminist reformer, Rhoda Nunn, Gornick

Interviews

Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the only serious and literary person I've encountered whose speech is filled with more "you knows" than mine. Unlike mine, perhaps, her verbal tic is not so much a crutch as a helping hand: she'll be saying something fast, brilliant, and thoughtful, and maybe you don't totally get it, but when she says "you know," she allows you to feel as if you do.

Miscellaneous

"Force Majeure," Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the Disease of Manhood

Dan Duray

Sweden has produced two of the most powerful contemporary renderings of manhood as a disease, as a sickness that contaminates the nuclear family. Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Ostund, addressed the modern family and its masculine saboteurs more directly than any other film last year. And then of course there's My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgaard's epic inventory of one man's failures as a husband and a father.

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