Feeding on itself

Jim Donaghey (Loughborough): Punk and Anarchism: UK, Poland, Indonesia. Mustafa Akyol on the de-Gulenification of Turkey. Against the Antichrists who are undermining the Church: Sandro Magister on the theories of the political philosopher Carl Schmitt applied to the pontificate of Joseph Ratzinger and to his resignation. Mass killings may have created contagion, feeding on itself. Life-hacks of the poor and aimless: Laurie Penny on negotiating the false idols of neoliberal self-care. Emily Crockett

Paper Trail

James Alan McPherson—the author, longtime teacher at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a MacArthur Fellow—has died at age seventy-two. In 1978, McPherson became the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his story collection Elbow Room, and in 2000, John Updike selected one of his stories for the anthology The Best


Fame's Growing Pains

Natasha StaggConsider the following simile: Growing up is like getting famous. The confusing internal and external changes, the influx of sexual attention, with its addictive qualities, and the magnified sense of

Daily Review

Black Lives and the Police

Instead of calling 911, black America now pulls out its smartphones, in order to document the actions of the death squads that dialing 911 can summon. The camera has made all the difference.


Emma Cline

A month ago, I attended a reading by Emma Cline at BookCourt, in Brooklyn. Cline's debut novel, The Girls, had just come out to breathless reviews, and the event was well attended. Cline, twenty-seven, seemed neither nervous nor overeager to please. Less-is-more is a concept she understands.


Virginia Heffernan: "Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art"


Brand New Love

James Greer

The novel Supremacist documents a vision quest undertaken by the narrator, whose name is David Shapiro, and who seems to bear some resemblance to the author, whose name is also David Shapiro, Here’s where complications arise: For example, “David Shapiro” is itself a pseudonym, The fictional David Shapiro, meaning the narrator, is a twenty-six-year-old actuary student who lives in Brooklyn.