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Omnivore

In deep

From Chiasma: A Site For Thought, a special issue on Ends of Philosophy. Nicole Siller (Deakin): “Modern Slavery”: Does International Law Distinguish between Slavery, Enslavement and Trafficking? Phylogenetic paleoecology: An article on tree-thinking and ecology in deep time. How Trump’s aides pulled off Middle East tour: The president’s smooth tour through Saudi Arabia and Israel reflected careful advance planning by a trio of White House officials. Donald Trump's foreign trip is going smoothly


Paper Trail

Amazon’s first bookstore in New York opens today at Columbus Circle. The “physical extension of Amazon.com” uses customer behavior to choose which books to stock. “We incorporate data about what people read, how they read it and why they read it,” said Amazon Books vice president Jennifer Cast. The New York Times reports that reactions

Syllabi

The Unfinished Novel

Robert SiegelThe novel, like all art, reaches for immortality, but the unfinished novel is bound up with mortality and the limits of time. In my view, that makes it even more beautiful than a finished novel. We're

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.”

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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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