The roots of Ferguson

From The American Reader, guns, sugar, prisons, war: The Dow Jones has worked around the death of Michael Brown — Ferguson exposes an economy where kids are commodities, whether dead or in jail. Protest in Ferguson pushes Taser’s stock higher. Cops shoot people dead every day — why did Ferguson become such a huge deal? Brentin Mock on why Michael Brown had the right to stand his ground. Victoria Law on remembering the black women killed by police politics. “Sounds familiar”: Shana L. Redmond

Paper Trail

  Afghanistan expelled New York Times journalist Matthew Rosenberg, and then issued a statement calling Rosenberg’s recent article about an electoral crisis in the country “more of an espionage act than a journalistic work, one that was meant to create panic and disruption in people’s minds, and provide the basis for other spying purposes.” As the


Weird Sex

Vanessa RovetoThere's good sex and there's bad sex. And then there's weird sex—a Freudian purgatory that somehow neither stimulates the libido nor inhibits it. In art and life, we're inclined to seek out pleasure

Daily Review

News from Home

I was in Los Angeles setting ancient Confucian odes to music when a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen named Michael Brown. I earn a living editing a major African American newspaper in Saint Louis, which means that I have to be on guard, at all times, for breaking news


Yelena Akhtiorskaya

Most extraordinary about Yelena Akhtiorskaya's first novel, Panic in a Suitcase, is the language, which can dive in and out of the consciousness of multiple characters in the space of a sentence. Akhtiorskaya writes about Russian immigrants who fail to fully embrace their new country. Often, they dream about returning, or at least about taking a vacation.


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Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon


Whatever Happened to St. Petersburg?

Greg Afinogenov

Catriona Kelly’s Petersburg: Shadows of the Past takes the city’s marginal and offbeat local culture not as a fall from grace but as an opportunity. Despite its foreboding subtitle, the book ventures into this least heroic period of the city’s life—from 1945 to the present—with the briskness of a government inspector.