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The contemporary Latin American Left

From Salvage, from reform to resistance: George Souvlis interviews Jeffery Webber on the contradictions in the contemporary Latin American Left (and part 2). What have we learned from the Pink Tide’s years in power? A symposium with Sean Purdy, Mike Gonzalez, Kristin Ciupa, and Benjamin Fogel. Rubrick Biegon on Latin America in the twilight of the Pink Tide. Linda Farthing and Thea N. Riofrancos on the state of the Left in Latin America: Ecuador and Bolivia after the Pink Tide. Ecuador’s left-wing


Paper Trail

At New York magazine, Boris Kachka reports on what led the New York Times’s Michiko Kakutani to take a buyout last month, and the book that Kakutani is working on now. Sources say that Kakutani felt at odds with the new direction of the book review under Pamela Paul. “Lone wolves hurling thunderbolts from their

Syllabi

Civilizations in Crisis: Chinese Speculative Fiction

Darren HuangIn the Chinese literary world, speculative fiction has long been a necessary means of critique and protest against an overbearing regime. Science fiction authors create new (often dystopian) universes

Daily Review

Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art

Looking at someone you find attractive—better yet, someone you hope also finds you attractive—your gaze might brush the floor before your eyes meet; while you shift from foot to foot, your hand may sweep a lock of hair behind your ear. This feels artless, an outer

Interviews

Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong’s debut novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, begins after the narrator, Ruth, has been suddenly and inexplicably dumped by her fiancÚ. She decides to cut her losses and move home to help her family cope with her father’s recent Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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Moving Kings

Joshua Cohen

Each move had its own logistics, each party to a move its own subterfuges. Because the customers would misrepresent their possessions on the online form, Ruth would have to call and followup: buildings vet prospective tenants, movers vet prospective loads.

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