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A time of unrestricted armed conflict

Mary L. Dudziak (Emory): War and Peace in Time and Space. David T. Mason, Jesse Hamner, Eric Keels, and Jason Michael Quinn (North Texas): Big Wars versus Small Wars and the Politics of Durable Peace. Mathias Thaler (Edinburgh): On Time in Just War Theory: From Chronos to Kairos. Uwe Steinhoff (Hong Kong): Just Cause and “Right Intention”. Gabriella Blum and John C. P. Goldberg (Harvard): War for the Wrong Reasons: Lessons from Law. Seth Lazar (Oxford): Associative Duties and the Ethics of Killing


Paper Trail

At New York Magazine’s blog, Annie Lowrey criticizes the tendency to imagine “media disruptors” as always white and male. Why does it happen? “First, founders are disproportionately white dudes. Second, white dudes are disproportionately encouraged to become founders. Third, white dudes are disproportionately recognized as founders.” We seem to associate management with maleness; whiteness, too.

Syllabi

Sextet

Michael Barron"Writing about music," the saying goes, "is like dancing about architecture." If it's meant to dissuade, the warning has gone unheeded: Over the years, a number of novels about music have ingeniously

Daily Review

The End of Days

Life and death in Jenny Erpenbeck's novel are separated by so thin a membrane as to render both a kind of purgatory. But the coexistence is uneasy—something as immeasurable as death doesn't seem to fit naturally within the measured limits of a life, nor does the intimate clock of a lifespan appear to synch with that of historical time. In this book, Erpenbeck is most interested in what can be recuperated from the space between.

Interviews

Ben Lerner

10:04, Ben Lerner's ingenious new novel, is a Sebaldian book made from starkly American material. As in Sebald, time haunts 10:04's narrator, But instead of being haunted by an awful, crumbling past, la Austerlitz, the narrator of 10:04 is swamped by a rising simultaneity; by pasts, presents, and futures happening all at once.

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The Midwest: Cities of the Plain

Edmund White

First published in 1980, Edmund White's States of Desire, (recently republished in an expanded edition), is a late-'70s travelogue in which the author candidly describes gay men and gay life in places throughout the US.

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