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As Democrats gather, a Russian subplot

As Democrats gather, a Russian subplot raises intrigue. Is Donald Trump a Putin patsy? Daniel Drezner on what to make of allegations that Putin is assisting Donald Trump’s campaign (and more and more by Josh Marshall). Why some leftists are defending Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Putin’s buddy Trump is about to get national security briefings — intel officers are worried. Suspected Russian hack of DNC widens — includes personal email of staffer researching Manafort. Did the Russian government


Paper Trail

Vulture has a behind-the-scenes look at Transparent creator Jill Soloway’s new Amazon series, I Love Dick, which premieres on August 19th. Soloway has taken Chris Kraus’s 1997 cult novel and transported it to Marfa, Texas, casting Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, and Griffin Dunne as the three leads in this story of a lopsided love triangle.

Syllabi

Fame's Growing Pains

Natasha StaggConsider the following simile: Growing up is like getting famous. The confusing internal and external changes, the influx of sexual attention, with its addictive qualities, and the magnified sense of

Daily Review

All-Consuming Interests

We are so surrounded by points of reference, deluged with streams, fully versed in TVTropes.org, that culture seems to arrive prechewed. It is all excessively hyperlinked, and revealed to us immediately.

Interviews

Emma Cline

A month ago, I attended a reading by Emma Cline at BookCourt, in Brooklyn. Cline's debut novel, The Girls, had just come out to breathless reviews, and the event was well attended. Cline, twenty-seven, seemed neither nervous nor overeager to please. Less-is-more is a concept she understands.

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Virginia Heffernan: "Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art"

Essay

Brand New Love

James Greer

The novel Supremacist documents a vision quest undertaken by the narrator, whose name is David Shapiro, and who seems to bear some resemblance to the author, whose name is also David Shapiro, Here’s where complications arise: For example, “David Shapiro” is itself a pseudonym, The fictional David Shapiro, meaning the narrator, is a twenty-six-year-old actuary student who lives in Brooklyn.

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