Standing by Kavanaugh

Brian Beutler on how the Trump GOP will do horrible things for Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh and the politics of bad faith: Why the modern G.O.P. keeps abandoning principles it claims to honor. Kavanaugh is becoming a headache the GOP could live without. Why on Earth is the GOP standing by Kavanaugh? Team Trump: If we ditch Kavanaugh, we’re signing our own “death warrant”. Will Trump stick with Kavanaugh come hell or high water? Why this time is different: There are many parallels between Clarence

Paper Trail

Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne have bought Time magazine. Columbia Journalism Review notes that the Benioffs are “the latest tech entrepreneurs to join a club of billionaire media moguls.” Folio reports that the new owners don’t plan to involve themselves in the magazine’s daily operations. Benioff himself tells the Times that Time


The Roots of the Alt-right

Mike WendlingDuring the last presidential election cycle, you may have read reports describing the alt-right—a loosely organized group of anti-PC, anti-feminist, race-obsessed online warriors—as a strange, newly

Daily Review


Andrea Kleine’s novel opens with the confluence of two distinctly tabloid anxieties: divorce and kidnapping. Hope and her half-sister, Eden, latchkey kids of the 1990s, have grown up trekking back and forth between their home in Charlottesville and their father’s new


Michelle Dean

At first, it might be hard to see the connection between the ten critics profiled in Michelle Dean’s Sharp. Writers such as Dorothy Parker, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt, Janet Malcolm, and Nora Ephron were singular talents—each an uneasy fit for any neat label. What links them, Dean writes, was that they were “sharp”—the word was often used as an insult—and possessed a keen critical facility that was underappreciated at the time but has become extremely influential.


Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"



Jessica Hopper

Saturday was the Hold Steady video. It is a good thing not all one hundred people showed up because we had room for about thirty-three total. People later said they did not show because filming video is waiting around for twenty hours to act fake-excited in one-minute spurts.