What bureaucracies stand for

Gary E. Hollibaugh Jr. (Georgia) and Gabriel Horton and David E. Lewis (Vanderbilt): Presidents and Patronage. Gary E. Hollibaugh Jr. (Georgia): Naive Cronyism and Neutral Competence: Patronage, Performance, and Policy Agreement in Executive Appointments. Jose D. Villalobos (UTEP), Justin S. Vaughn (Boise State) and David B. Cohen (Akron): Public Management in Political Institutions: Explaining Perceptions of White House Chief of Staff Influence. David A. Hyman (Illinois) and William E. Kovacic

Paper Trail

Gillian Flynn took to Reddit on Tuesday for an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”), reassuring fans that the Gone Girl screenplay will not stray too far from the novel. Flavorwire compiled a list of things they learned from the Q&A, including Flynn’s reading list, the process behind the “cool girl” speech, and why she is okay


Great Book/Great Movie

Willie OsterweilWhat does it mean for a movie adaptation to be "true to the book"? Many movies based on novels unimaginatively transcribe plot and dialogue, as if the difference between literature and cinema were

Daily Review

Painted Cities

The moving, energetic short story collection Painted Cities describes a Chicago neighborhood that is unmoored, and forever straying into violence. It's not the first book to describe how brutally the City of Big Shoulders can smothered its inhabitants. But Galaviz-Budziszewski upsets expectation, relaying hardships at once bruising and yet life-giving.


Carl Wilson

What does it mean to have good taste? Is the idea of taste relevant anymore? Music critic Carl Wilson reflects on these questions in his 2007 "case study" of CÚline Dion, Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste.


"Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess"

Ellen Willis

Here, in an essay originally published in 1989 in the Village Voice and reprinted in the new book The Essential Ellen Willis, Willis dwells on feminism, the concept of excess (sex and drugs), abstinence, gay rights, parenthood, and AIDS. Willis often finds her stride in complexity, and in this piece she intricately examines and interrogates the notions of freedom she holds dear.