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The dense thicket of lies told by Trump

Oliver Hahl (Carnegie Mellon) and Minjae Kim and Ezra W. Zuckerman (MIT): The Authentic Appeal of the Lying Demagogue: Proclaiming the Deeper Truth about Political Illegitimacy. The authentic fantasies of suffering that fuel Trump’s nationalism: In Trump’s world, fiction is truer than truth. For President Trump, the truth is beside the point. Bella DePaulo: “I study liars. I’ve never seen one like Donald Trump”. Thread: “It’s true: in piercing the dense thicket of lies told by Trump and his circle


Paper Trail

New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who published the first articles about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual assault, have signed a deal with Penguin Press to write a book on the recent wave of sexual abuse and harassment scandals. “We’re going deeper. Enormous thanks to everyone who has read and supported

Syllabi

"We Are Revolution": Introducing Asia's Proletarian Lit

Matt TurnerDuring the last election cycle, the American working class got a lot of airplay. Donald Trump’s rhetoric was a throwback to a different era of politics and a different economy. Talk of American workers

Daily Review

The Kingdom

"The Kingdom" is a weird, brilliant hybrid of biblical interpretation, memoir, and historical fiction in which the author speculates about the personalities of the earliest Christians. The book is brash in its structure, tone, and some of its claims. But Carrère isn’t doing anything that Christians haven't been doing for two millennia. He’s just doing it an in a wildly contemporary, self-conscious way.

Interviews

Tony Tulathimutte and Malcolm Harris

I met author Tony Tulathimutte at a reading in Manhattan where he asked the audience to vote on which section of his novel Private Citizens to read from: the one on writer’s workshops or the one on pornography. Porn won, and Tony delivered a complex, funny, and disturbing passage. Later, when I saw his blurb recommending Malcolm Harris’s new study, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials, I read the book and was impressed by its sweeping socio-economic critique.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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A Broken Story: Jenny Erpenbeck's Refugee Novel

John Domini

Overseas, Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel has carried her to fresh levels of acclaim. She’s won not only the Thomas Mann Prize, in her native Germany, but also Italy’s Strega Europeo, something of a Booker for the Continent. Now the book is out in this country, under the title Go, Went, Gone, and though Erpenbeck’s four previous have won critical esteem—the New York Review of Books deemed her last novel “ferocious as well as virtuosic”—here,

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