How can ISIS be defeated?

From The New Yorker, how can ISIS be defeated? Colin Daileda on why the Islamic State isn't invincible online. Kaveh Waddell on why shutting down jihadist websites won’t stop terrorism: Censoring the Web isn’t just illiberal — it’s bad policy. Paul Rogers on ISIS’s plan, and the west’s trap: The pattern of conflict since 2001 teaches a lesson that western states refuse to learn. There is no military solution: Could ISIL be strengthened by U.S., French, Russian bombing? Eli Berman and Jacob N.

Paper Trail

In the current issue of the New York Review of Books, there’s an intriguing exchange between the editor of Hanya Yanagihara’s novel A Little Life and Daniel Mendelsohn, one of the critics Jennifer Weiner recently accused of “Goldfinching” (delegitimizing even literary fiction if it’s popular with large numbers of women) for his critical review of


Southern Comedy

Margaret EbyWhen it comes to literature, the word southern practically begs for the follow-up gothic. A certain set of tropes spring to mind when you mention the South: alligators and frosted julep cups, hypocritical

Daily Review

Tucker Max, Muse of the Bros

Some books serve a clear purpose. Other books serve no purpose at all. Still other books serve a clear purpose but not the one indicated in the book’s title. Because Tucker Max’s first book, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, was a compendium of comedic anecdotes about


Carrie Brownstein

From the opening pages of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, it's clear that Carrie Brownstein, best known as a guitarist and singer in the seminal band Sleater-Kinney, and now as an actor and the cowriter and star of Portlandia, is a writer first.


Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams

Work has become central to our very self-conception—so much so that when presented with the idea of doing less work, many people ask, "But what would I do?" The fact that so many people find it impossible to imagine a meaningful life outside of work demonstrates the extent to which the work ethic has infected our minds.