The online and social climate

Lucio Picci (Bologna): Democratizing Gossip: Internet-Based Reputation Systems and Governance. David J. Salant (TSE): A Model of Internet Abuse. The online and social climate will only get worse before it gets better. From the Pew Research Center, a report on the future of free speech, trolls, anonymity and fake news online. A study suggests social media bubbles might not be making us more polarized after all. You are almost definitely sharing memes made by Nazis. Stacey Lantagne (Mississippi):

Paper Trail

Philippa Gregory has signed on to write four books with Touchstone. Three of the books will be a series of novels, following a British family from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century. Gregory’s fourth book will be a work of nonfiction that explores “the contributions of extraordinary, yet little-known women throughout the centuries, historically


Field of Screens

Michael ThomsenIn fiction, video games act as both the harbingers of dystopia and the means of salvation from bleak techno-futures. Between these two poles lies a vast possibility space, something William Gibson

Daily Review

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

The Osage were warriors, buffalo hunters, harvesters, farmers—one of the great nations of the Great Plains. Europeans who encountered them early on described them as uncommonly tall, well-built, imposing: The "finest men we have ever seen," Thomas Jefferson said in 1804,


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