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It's ok to be a UN nerd

Vasif Huseynov (Goettingen): The Return of History: Growing Challenges for United Nations. Jamal Munshi (Sonoma State): The United Nations: An Unconstrained Bureaucracy. What can the United Nations do when its troops can’t, or won’t, protect civilians? Bryan R. Early and Mark T. Nance on how the U.N. is working to stop terrorists from getting weapons of mass destruction. Anthony Banbury: I love the U.N., but it is failing. It’s ok to be a UN nerd: An interview with Hayes Brown, world editor at


Paper Trail

Vulture has a behind-the-scenes look at Transparent creator Jill Soloway’s new Amazon series, I Love Dick, which premieres on August 19th. Soloway has taken Chris Kraus’s 1997 cult novel and transported it to Marfa, Texas, casting Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, and Griffin Dunne as the three leads in this story of a lopsided love triangle.

Syllabi

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

The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution

The last thing most Americans wanted during Barack Obama’s second term was another war in the Middle East. But now we’re in one, and an inevitable and necessary raft of new books is emerging to explain to the public how and why this came to be. Patrick Cockburn’s The

Interviews

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.

Essay

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.

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