The dignity of work

John Lopresti (William and Mary) and Kevin J. Mumford (Purdue): Who Benefits from a Minimum Wage Increase? Ben Zipperer on how raising the minimum wage ripples through the workforce. Sarah Kollmorgen on how Wall Street's yearly bonuses could double the pay for all of America's minimum wage workers. As cities raise their minimum wage, where’s the economic collapse the Right predicted? Alan Pyke on how Seattle restaurant data demolishes conservative argument against $15 minimum wage. Rand Paul

Paper Trail

As Time magazine’s Baltimore cover recalls 1968, a reminder to the media to think twice about misusing MLK. Historian N. D. B. Connolly has a useful op-ed on the context for events in Baltimore, while Karen Attiah imagines how Western media might cover them if they were happening elsewhere in the world. Obama has announced


Found Manuscripts

Aaron PeckA manuscript has a life of its own. One never knows where it will end up. Once a physical copy exists, its future is uncertain: it could be destroyed, lost, or find itself in unintended hands. The

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."


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.


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.