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Voter turnout

Emily Stewart on 2018’s record-setting voter turnout, in one chart. Black voters propelled blue wave, study finds. Big Latino turnout in midterms raises stakes for 2020. The United States is becoming a two-tiered country with separate and unequal voting laws. Low voter turnout is no accident, according to a ranking of the ease of voting in all 50 states. Voters just approved the biggest expansion of the voting franchise in half a century. Scott Mclemee reviews Votes That Count and Voters Who


Paper Trail

Grant author Ron Chernow will headline the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner next year. “Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics,” Chernow said in a statement. “While I have never been mistaken for a stand-up comedian, I promise that my history

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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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The Piranhas

In English, “novel” equals “fiction”—the meaning is unambiguous. In Italian, however, it’s a bit more complicated. The word romanzo describes a book-length prose narrative, but it does not distinguish between fact and fiction. In the work of Roberto Saviano—Italy’s most

Interviews

Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is a native New Yorker, an activist, and, although I'm not sure she would apply the label to herself, a profound philosopher on social relations and blame, All of these streams flow into her recent novel Maggie Terry, a literary detective story about a former NYPD officer struggling with addiction, a tough case, and her ex-partner's theft of her daughter, In a compressed time frame of a few days, Maggie, fresh out of rehab, both loses and finds her place in the new New York.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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Heike Geissler

You’re shivering and sweating at the same time on the bench. Time’s flying; you’ll have to pick up your children soon, but you don’t want to make a fuss yet. As if for your entertainment, the most beautiful and elegant of trial presentations begins in front of two shelves full of books, CDs, and DVDs.

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