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The future of war

Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni (Cambridge): Why the World Needs an International Cyberwar Convention. How social media became a weapon of war: Sean Illing interviews Peter W. Singer, co-author of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media (and more). Christopher Clark reviews The Future of War: A History by Lawrence Freedman and Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield by Robert H. Latiff. Are killer robots the future of war? Parsing the facts on autonomous weapons. Ioannis Kalpouzos (


Paper Trail

Emma Brockes talks to Chigozie Obioma about migration, fate, and his new book, An Orchestra of Minorities. Obioma’s novel was partly inspired by the death of his friend, Jay. A fellow Nigerian immigrant and classmate of Obioma’s in Cyprus,“Jay had been duped by the middle men both into thinking the university . . . would

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Outrageous Clarity: The Fictions of Amélie Nothomb

Charlotte ShaneWith Amélie Nothomb’s latest, Strike Your Heart, the Francophone author of twenty-five books seems to have finally found some of the American attention she deserves. (I’m basing this assessment in part

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Territory of Light

The apartment is a steal, but it has idiosyncrasies: it’s on the top floor of a four-story office building located on a traffic island; the rooms shake and the windows rattle as buses, trains, and trucks trundle past. It is 1970s Tokyo, and the unnamed narrator of Yuko

Interviews

A. S. Hamrah

With his collection The Earth Dies Streaming: Film Writing, 2002—2018(n+1 Books, 2018), A. S. Hamrah joins the ranks of Manny Farber, Serge Daney, Renata Adler and other masters in the art of passionately caring about the cinema without buying into its illusions.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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The Great Divide: Russia and the West

Tony Wood

The events of the past few years have created a glaring divide between Russia and the West, How and why did this happen, In the West, the story of how relations with Russia descended to their current abysmal level is often told as one of an ominous drift, under Putin, back toward a Soviet-style showdown between Moscow and its former adversaries—prompting many to conclude that the two sides found themselves waging a ‘New Cold War’.

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