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Omnivore

Haunting the world economy

Thomas Drissen (Birmingham): Economic Globalization is What States Make of It. Globalization under duress: Policy mistakes in a globalized world range from costly to deadly — and we’re making more of them. Neil Altman on economic globalization and mental health. John Schmidt on how we created the WTO: A personal account of how the largest and most important trade agreement in world history finally got done. Kyle Bagwell and Robert W. Staiger (Stanford) and Chad P. Bown (World Bank): Is the WTO


Paper Trail

The author of the latest James Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, has had to apologize for his bizarre suggestion that Idris Elba was not suave enough to be the next 007. In France, the authors of a book critical of the Moroccan monarchy (originally set to come out in 2016) have been arrested and dropped by their publisher

Syllabi

Feminism, Dominance, and Submission

Catherine ScottIt can seem a tall order to find literature about BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadomasochism) that is both erotic and cerebral, and that can depict a woman playing the

Daily Review

Tell It Slant

“I’ve written a number of essays the past few years,” Dodie Bellamy writes in her new book, When the Sick Rule the World, “and I keep vowing to quit.” We know her essay-quitting hasn’t been going well, not only because we’re reading about it in a Dodie Bellamy

Interviews

Ottessa Moshfegh

I first came to know Ottessa Moshfegh's writing through her shrewd, darkly funny stories in the Paris Review, for which she won the Plimpton Prize, Much of her work deals in disgust (see her story "Disgust"), fixation, and the personal horrors we can't look away from.

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East of Intention: Cat, Camera, Music

Carl Wilson

In “Chat écoutant la musique” (“Cat Listening to Music”), a two-minute, fifty-five-second video posted to YouTube on December 21, 2010, a black, white, and gray tabby sprawls across the keyboard of a Yamaha DX7. He sleeps and stirs, seeming to enjoy the pellucid, lapping notes and chords of a piece of piano music playing in the room. We watch the cat’s paws depress the keys soundlessly when he arches and stretches.

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