The rise of the sea

A remote Pacific nation, threatened by rising seas: Climate change is threatening the livelihoods of the people of tiny Kiribati, and even the island nation’s existence — the government is making plans for the island’s demise. Sea level rise is already driving people from the Marshall Islands. Sea-level rise has claimed five whole islands in the Pacific: First scientific evidence. Should the United States save Tangier Island from oblivion? It’s the kind of choice that climate change will be

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


California Haze

Naomi FryCalifornia is usually portrayed as a palm-treed Eden, wholesome and easeful, but as the Roman Polanski scandal has reminded us, this sunny vision has a lurid underside. Noir is one form this shadow

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.


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.


Monique Morris, "Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools"


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.