Reasons to rethink the death penalty

Moshik Temkin (Harvard): The Great Divergence: The Death Penalty in the United States and the Failure of Abolition in Transatlantic Perspective. “There is blood, a lot of blood, very red blood”: Justin E.H. Smith on the death penalty in crisis. The cruel and unusual execution of Clayton Lockett: Jeffrey Stern on the untold story of Oklahoma’s botched lethal injection — and America’s intensifying fight over the death penalty. Lethal injection was supposed to be a cleaner, more humane version of

Paper Trail

Best-selling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, who created the character of Kurt Wallander, died yesterday at sixty-seven. The Guardian noted that he “took the existing Swedish tradition of crime writing as a form of leftwing social criticism and gave it international recognition,” and the Los Angeles Times looked back at its own reviews of Mankell


Sex and Hysteria in the 1980s

Richard BeckIn the 1980s, an idea took hold throughout the US that very young children existed in a near-constant state of sexual danger. A moral panic ensued, in which many day-care workers were wrongly accused

Daily Review

City on Fire

Your soul mate is emotionally unavailable. He’s a bastard! He’s a narcissist. (So are you.) He’s great in bed, but he’s a workaholic. He’s an alcoholic. He’s a junkie. In strictly mechanical terms, your apartment is literally too small to have sex in. Let’s not talk


Sylvère Lotringer

Few people can be said to have singlehandedly introduced a new body of thought to a foreign country, but that is precisely what the critic, professor, and Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer did throughout the 1970s and '80s.


The Banality of Optimism

Terry Eagleton

Nations, like political creeds, can be upbeat or downbeat. Along with North Korea, the United States is one of the few countries on earth in which optimism is almost a state ideology. For large sectors of the nation, to be bullish is to be patriotic, while negativity is a species of thought crime.