Gun control is having a moment

James Jacobs (NYU) and Alex Haberman (Fordham): 3D Printed Firearms, Do‐It‐Yourself Guns and the Second Amendment. From The Critique, Lester Hunt on gun control: A conceptual analysis — what the gun debate is really about; Robert J. Spitzer on gun rights, tyranny and rebellion: John Locke, the American Constitution and the right to bear arms; Daniel Demetriou on our dignity-right to guns: Armed self-defense and gun control in the United States; Michael Huemer on gun rights and noncompliance: Two

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.


"A Ted Hughes Bestiary" edited by Alice Oswald

David Biespiel

Among the mysteries of the strange animals that appear in A Ted Hughes Bestiary—a compilation edited by poet Alice Oswald of his writing about animals real and invented—is how often these creatures strike me as anything but strange. Taking one of his great plunges into the waterways—those “legendary” depths “deep as England”—he encounters an otter with a “round head like a tomcat,” or a pike with its “sag belly."