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Democrats face a challenge

Do the Democrats know how to win anymore? Democrats don’t have a policy problem — they have a marketing problem. Democrats face a challenge of mobilization, not just persuasion. Democrats should do to McConnell what the GOP does to Pelosi. Voting rights defeatism is toxic: The simple fact is that Democrats or anyone who believes in voting rights will need to win elections under the current restrictive system to be able to change laws to change that system. Civil war has broken out inside the


Paper Trail

Liveright has announced plans to publish two volumes of Nelson Mandela’s correspondence from prison. The first volume, with 250 selected letters and a foreword by Mandela’s granddaughter, will be published in July 2018, and a second volume will be published in 2019. Sarah Jessica Parker has acquired the first manuscript for her literary fiction imprint, SJP.

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Reading Play

Rennie McDougallWhether or not you consider yourself a gamer, video games have probably found their way into your life. Maybe you spend hours lining up gemstones, hypnotized on your daily commute. Or perhaps you roam

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

On the morning of June 9, 2012, Avtar Singh called 911 in Selma, California, to say that he had killed his family and was about to turn the gun on himself. When the police reached his house, they sent in a robot equipped with a camera. The feed from the robot showed

Interviews

Sunaura Taylor

A few years ago, while Sunaura Taylor was researching her new book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, she came across the story of a fox who was born with the same disability that Taylor has—arthrogryposis, a contracture of the joints.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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The Changeling

Victor LaValle

The basement felt warmer than the garage. Down the Kagwa boys went. The basement sat as one grand open plane. In the far corner stood the boiler—a large white cylinder with a blue control panel, copper pipes running up into the ceiling and a silver tube running outside through the wall. It looked like something from the set of James Whale’s Frankenstein. The boiler rumbled now as if reanimating life.

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