Trump is the new insult

Rachel Weil on the two-bodied king of “Richard II” and its Trumpian delusion. Body double: Quinta Jurecic on what medieval executive theory tells us about Trump’s Twitter accounts. Six different ways of looking at a Trump tweet. Trump’s fake war on the fake news: The president puts on a big show of assaulting his “opposition” in the news media — but inside the White House, it’s a different story. Trump’s about-face on WikiLeaks sums up why he’s so untrustworthy. What Donald Trump's “joke” about

Paper Trail

The standing committee of the US Senate Daily Press Gallery has decided not to move forward with Breitbart’s application for permanent press credentials. The website’s temporary passes will expire at the end of May. The committee was concerned about Breitbart’s many conflicts of interest inside the White House, as well as “the fact that Breitbart


The Golden Age of the English Poet-Critic

Tayt HarlinToday we have academics and professional critics as well as novelists and poets who moonlight as critics. But prior to the establishment of literary study as an academic field in the twentieth century,

Daily Review

The American Experiment

FUNNY THAT EVERY PLACE Joan Didion visits is falling apart. "A problem of making connections," her first column for Life, begins with a note on why her three-year-old daughter cannot, in Hawaii, go to the beach: "She cannot go to the beach because there has been an


Durga Chew-Bose

A critic who prefers the term “enthusiast,” an essayist who worries she’s really a poet, Durga is an unrivalled player of what Doris Lessing, in The Golden Notebook, calls “the game.”


Bookforum: “False Starts”


The Life and Death of Louis Kahn

Wendy Lesser

It was not just the suddenness of his death that made it hard to realize Louis Kahn was gone, Something about the way he disappeared from the world—irregularly, mysteriously, with that strange two-day gap when nobody he knew could find him—left many people unable to take in the facts of his death. For the California relatives, who learned about Lou’s death through a series of relayed phone calls, there was a persistent confusion about