Will Putin fall victim to one of history's classic blunders?

Alexander Korolev (NUS): The Ukrainian Crisis and the End of the Cold War. From FP, Counterinsurgency 101 in Ukraine: James Stavridis on how to fend off the Russians, in seven simple steps; you can't beat Putin, because he's already won: Daniel Altman on a game theory guide to understanding the cynical genius of Russia’s president; and seriously, what did you expect Russia to do? Ellie Knott on how not all ethnic Russians in Crimea have a political affinity with Moscow. Gerard Toal and John O

Paper Trail

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died yesterday at the age of 87. He won the Nobel Prize in 1982, and his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude is a cornerstone of magical-realist fiction. His philosophy might be boiled down to a statement he once made to the Paris Review: “A novelist can do anything he wants so


Great Book/Great Movie

Willie OsterweilWhat does it mean for a movie adaptation to be "true to the book"? Many movies based on novels unimaginatively transcribe plot and dialogue, as if the difference between literature and cinema were

Daily Review

Heather Havrilesky on Alain de Botton's news cycle

Recently, my daughter asked me to rewind the car radio so we could hear a song again. I was forced to explain the rudimentary technology known as broadcast, which doesn’t obey your commands so much as spray out an ignorant blast of waves in every direction. Her confusion


Arundhati Roy

"Capitalism: A Ghost Story," Arundhati Roy's most recent book, describes in impassioned detail the consequences of India's economic and political choices over the past few decades. A few Indians have benefited; many, many more have suffered. In late March, Roy spoke with Siddhartha Deb about the increasing wealth divide, the expectations of the "brash new middle class," the impending elections, and the Naxalite protests in the forest.


"Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess"

Ellen Willis

Here, in an essay originally published in 1989 in the Village Voice and reprinted in the new book The Essential Ellen Willis, Willis dwells on feminism, the concept of excess (sex and drugs), abstinence, gay rights, parenthood, and AIDS. Willis often finds her stride in complexity, and in this piece she intricately examines and interrogates the notions of freedom she holds dear.