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The real corruption in American politics

David J. Hebert (Ferris State) and Richard E. Wagner (George Mason): Political Parties as Interest Groups. This astonishing chart shows how moderate Republicans are an endangered species. The end of the median voter theorem in presidential politics: Daniel W. Drezner on what party polarization means for the future of presidential politics. Two political scientists have found the secret to partisanship, and it’s deeply depressing. Can the Internet put an end to America’s toxic two-party politics


Paper Trail

Novelist Jennifer Cody Epstein says she regrets signing the recent letter condemning PEN’s award in honor of Charlie Hebdo magazine. Two students at Northwestern University recently filed Title IX complaints against Laura Kipnis, after the author published an article about “sexual paranoia” on university campuses. This weekend, Kipnis was “cleared of wrongdoing” by a law

Syllabi

The Innocent/Corrupt

Adam ThirlwellA narrator is a much stranger toy at the novelist's disposal than is usually thought. It's not just something as depressingly ordinary as a character—more a vast system of smuggling. And there's one

Daily Review

Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art

In Charles R. Rushton's 1991 black-and-white portrait, Agnes Martin (1912–2004) sits in a wooden rocking chair in the left third of the frame, beside the white cement wall of her New Mexico studio. One of her canonical six-by-six-feet canvases hangs low to the ground

Interviews

Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the only serious and literary person I've encountered whose speech is filled with more "you knows" than mine. Unlike mine, perhaps, her verbal tic is not so much a crutch as a helping hand: she'll be saying something fast, brilliant, and thoughtful, and maybe you don't totally get it, but when she says "you know," she allows you to feel as if you do.

Excerpt

Of Walking in Ice

Werner Herzog

At the end of November 1974, a friend from Paris called and told me that Lotte Eisner was seriously ill and would probably die. I said that this must not be, not at this time, German cinema could not do without her now, we would not permit her death.

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