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Omnivore

Breaking new ground

William H. J. Hubbard (Chicago): Quantum Economics, Newtonian Economics, and Law. Mixing politics and sports: James M. Dorsey on Turkish soccer campaigns for President Erdogan. Josh Barro on the Gianforte body-slam and how the GOP is stuck in a high-school mindset. Trump reportedly wants to stop Germans from selling so many cars here, where they’re made. The introduction to Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works, ed. Nina Bandelj, Frederick F. Wherry and Viviana A. Zelizer. Washington


Paper Trail

Jesus’ Son author Denis Johnson died yesterday at the age of 67. The news was announced by Farrar, Straus and Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi. “Denis was one of the great writers of his generation,” Galassi said. “He wrote prose with the imaginative concentration and empathy of the poet he was.” The collection of O. Henry

Syllabi

Posthumously Published Novel Fragments

Kevin KillianThe recent publication of Nabokov’s index cards in The Original of Laura made me consider the fate of similar projects during the past few centuries. It’s striking how often we novelists are struck

Daily Review

Walks with Walser

It’s perilous when the words spoken by a writer end up more well known than those he actually wrote. The line “I’m not here to write, I’m here to be mad” has appeared in most articles about Robert Walser written since his death in 1956. The “here” is, supposedly, the Sanatorium of Appenzell in Herisau, Switzerland, and the hearer was, allegedly, Carl Seelig.

Interviews

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.”

Excerpt

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

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