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Evangelos D. Protopapadakis (Athens): Death is Nothing to Us: A Critical Analysis of the Epicurean Views Concerning the Dread of Death. David Schleicher (George Mason): Welcome to New Columbia: The Fiscal, Economic and Political Consequences of Statehood for D.C. Secede? Separatists claim Texas never joined the United States. Nate Cohn on the problem for Bernie Sanders: The narrow lane to Hillary Clinton’s Left. Bhaskar Sunkara on why we should welcome Bernie Sanders’ presidential run, while


Paper Trail

Money, money, money. Yet another rumor emerges that Michael Bloomberg is keen to buy the New York Times, this time for a smooth $5 billion, McSweeney’s asks its fans for $150,000 on Kickstarter, and Vice Media looks set to pull in $1 billion in revenue this year. Meanwhile, the venerable Onion has its own grand

Syllabi

The Nicholson Baker Course

J.C. HallmanWhen I starting reading Nicholson Baker, so as to write my homage, B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal, I quickly grew concerned, because Baker's many writerly interests got all jumbled up in my

Daily Review

It Starts with Trouble: William Goyen and the Life of Writing

The piney backwoods of East Texas might be the unlikeliest place on earth to produce a writer like William Goyen. He escaped via the navy, and he might have easily become an artist who left home and never looked back. Instead, that "bewitched" landscape loomed large. "All serious art celebrates mystery, perhaps," Joyce Carol Oates once wrote, "but Goyen's comes close to embodying it."

Interviews

Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso's latest book, Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, ostensibly about the eight-hundred-thousand-word journal she kept for twenty-five years, is in essence an act of withholding. On most pages, a few paragraphs or lines of text are surrounded by white space—precise moments suspended in the mass of formless, unrecorded time.

Essay

Dennis Cooper's Haunted HTML Novel

Paige K. Bradley

You could call Dennis Cooper's new HTML novel, Zac’s Haunted House, many things: net art, a glorified Tumblr, a visual novel, a mood board, or a dark night of the Internet's soul. It has just a few words—the chapter titles and a few subtitles embedded in some of the gifs—but it still very clearly belongs to Cooper’s own haunted oeuvre, capable of evoking powerful and gnarled emotions.

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