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How to understand Trump's appeal

Jennifer Saul (Sheffield): Dogwhistles, Political Manipulation and Philosophy of Language. No dogwhistle here: Georgia State Rep. Tommy Benton (R) praises KKK, wants new holiday to honor Confederacy. Benjamin Denison on how to understand Trump’s appeal to resentful whites: “Nobody's looking out for the white guy any more”. Bruce Bartlett on Donald Trump and “reverse racism”. Scott McLemee reviews Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy by Edward H. Miller. A conservative


Paper Trail

Tolstoy’s great-great-granddaughter has organized a public marathon reading of War and Peace across more than thirty Russian cities this week: Readers include Vladimir Urin, director of the Bolshoi ballet, and the great Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda, who made Ashes and Diamonds. Applications for the second annual Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, the grant honoring the

Syllabi

Selling Citizenship

Atossa Araxia AbrahamianThe idea of buying citizenship tends to invoke Bond villains or the louche drifters in Graham Greene's novels. But it's also a very real practice that offends nationalists, rankles politicians, and

Daily Review

Confessions (On Intimacy, or Supposing You Understand)

People who write professionally about Mariah Carey are required to note her staggering five-octave range, her fourteen top-ten albums, and her insane number of number-one singles (eighteen and counting). But I’m not here to count or be professional. I’m here to talk about Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009), Mariah’s novel-length album, which is the thing

Interviews

Brian Evenson

"Mormon horror writer with avant-garde leanings" might seem like an improbable description, but Evenson excels at bringing different worlds and genres together, and his gift for making contradictory versions of reality overlap often intensifies his work's creepy effects.

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Jane Smiley: 2015 National Book Festival

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After Gay Marriage

Kate Redburn

When the Supreme Court delivered its ruling in June 2015 confirming marriage equality, it was greeted as an historic civil rights achievement. Over the past several years, mounting marriage victories combined with a cresting wave of trans activism had already pushed legal advocates to think beyond gay marriage, the issue that has absorbed the bulk of the movement’s advocacy, resources, and powers of mass mobilization.

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