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Of white supremacy

What is white supremacy? A few thoughts on the question. The language of white supremacy: Narrow definitions of the term actually help continue the work of the architects of the post-Jim Crow racial hierarchy. Dell Upton on Confederate monuments and civic values in the wake of Charlottesville. Why the “alt-Lite” celebrated the Las Vegas massacre. The war against the Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate groups claim SPLC is the one actually inciting violence. How should the alt-Right be covered? Milo


Paper Trail

The non-profit feminist organization Vida: Women in Literary Arts has released the results of their 2016 Count, a survey that tallies the gender of contributors to literary magazines. In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, The Cut is publishing stories by women about the sexual harassment and assault they’ve experienced. The latest comes from

Syllabi

Women in Rock (Criticism)

Quinn Moreland Rock criticism has long been kind to a certain species of (male) character: wannabe experts who are prone to ranting and/or raving and proudly displaying their knowledge of niche subjects. It’s hard

Daily Review

A View of Her Own

Beginning the second paragraph of her 1973 essay on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury set, published in the New York Review of Books, which she cofounded, Elizabeth Hardwick had a line on the lesser members of that mutual entourage: “Certain peripheral names vex the spirits.”

Interviews

Andrew Durbin

Over the past few years, I’ve heard Andrew Durbin read a handful of times from material that would comprise his debut novel, MacArthur Park, Blushing, he’d rush through the reading, his anxious timbre at odds with the confidently intelligent voice of his prose

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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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