To celebrate Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, here are pieces by a few of our favorite contributors: Heather Havrilesky reviews Kate Christensen's The Astral; on how Caitlin Flanagan has issues — with you; reviews Elisabeth Badinter's The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women; on how property values rise and characters converge in John Lanchester's novel of finance; on how women broke through the comedy world's glass ceiling; on what academics have to teach us about assholery; on the problems with raising perfect children; on how the quest for the big message novel keeps selling characters short; on how Nora Ephron defined the comic spirit of new journalism; on why the balanced home life can never stand up; on Alain de Botton's news cycle; on the memoirs of the stars; on the strange lost feminist career of Wonder Woman; and on how two decades of nonfiction best sellers teem with fake self-assurance — and testosterone; Choire Sicha reviews James Wolcott's Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York; on Serious Crowd celebrity in the social-media age; on Andy Cohen's charmed pop life; on Molly Ringwald, beyond the brat pack; on Jeff Bridges and the mantras of celebrity Buddhism; on Charles Jackson and the curdled bohemian dreams of midcentury America; on Jaron Lanier and how the Internet went wrong; on ugliness and its discontents; on James Franco's fiction act; on Arianna ascending; and on John Waters's wayward muse; Christine Smallwood reviews Christian Oster’s The Unforeseen; reviews Tony D’Souza’s The Konkans; on how Susan Sontag's journals find her striving for a place in the pantheon; on Chris Kraus's disarmingly direct fiction; and on Lydia Davis's inimitable decision process; and Christian Lorentzen on boom and bust in twenty-first-century lit; how politics, art, and betrayal collide in Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers; on Kingsley Amis's novels of beer and Britannia; on two new books that wrestle with Mailer's myths and his legacy; reviews Emily Gould’s Friendship; and on Ben Lerner's metafictional novel about art, ambition, and a writer named Ben. #BF20yrs


Kieran Setiya (MIT): The Midlife Crisis. Jonny Anomaly (UNC): Public Goods and Procreation. Doris Marie Provine (ASU): The Morality of Law: The Case Against Deportation of Settled Immigrants. When immigrants lose their human rights: Gary Gutting interviews Joseph Carens, author of The Ethics of Immigration. Joshua Keating on Eric Garner: How would we cover the decision not to indict a police officer if it happened in another country? Matt Bruenig on the rise of new capitals. Kieran Healy gets into the aviation business and launches Air Gini, America’s most American airline. Benny Johnson on the 17 most American things you can buy at Walmart. Who wins when gambling is legal? Turning customers into cultists: Derek Thompson on why many companies now take their cues from religious sects. Goodbye, Chespirito: Latin America bids farewell to one of its greatest comedians, Roberto Gomez Bolanos (aka “El Chavo del Ocho” and “El Chapulin Colorado”). The emergence of glacial archaeology: Here is the editorial for the first issue of the Journal of Glacial Archaeology. I, Start-up: Consumer desire for seamless experience thereby lends itself to a markedly exploitative start-up culture that, without material equality (or robot butlers), obfuscates the human face of service. Evan Hughes reviews new collections from The New Republic, The Baffler, The Believer, and n+1. Apropos of nothing, Jeet Heer talks about the trouble with running a publication depending on benevolence of a rich patron. Jonathan Chait on a eulogy for The New Republic. Siva Vaidhyanathan: “With @tnr giving up, how about turning to deeper & broader sources? Like @bookforum @publicbooks @VQR. Ideas are not dead yet.” And from Bookforum’s 20th anniversary issue, Kaitlin Phillips reviews Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's “Learned” by Lena Dunham.

Bookforum is turning 20! Our anniversary issue is in stands today. Buy it at your fave bookstore, or subscribe. #BF20yrs


Mary Ziegler (Florida State): Abortion and the Constitutional Right (Not) to Procreate. Samantha E. Holquist (GWU): Direct Democracy and the Politics of Abortion: Evaluating the Responsiveness of State Abortion Policy to State Abortion Attitudes. Rosalind Simson (Mercer): What Does the Right to Life Really Entail? A Framework for Depolarizing the Abortion Debate. Paula L. Abrams (Lewis & Clark): Abortion Stigma: The Legacy of Casey. Richard F. Duncan (Nebraska): Kermit Gosnell's Babies: Abortion, Infanticide and Looking Beyond the Masks of the Law. Abortion, not easy, not sorry: Why are we pressured to feel that we should regret our choice, and that there's something wrong with us if we don't? Congrats, pro-lifers, you won! Now Katha Pollitt has just a few questions for you. Abortion is great: Hanna Rosin reviews Katha Pollitt’s Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, a new book argues that the left needs to stop the “awfulization” of abortion and embrace it as a social good (and more and more and more). Unsafe sex, illegal abortion: Trishna Kripalani on an accelerating need for the right to reproductive health. Pregnant, and no civil rights: Lynn M. Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin on how anti-abortion measures are used to control childbirth decisions. Emma Green on what Tennessee's new abortion amendment means for America. Let's just say it: Women matter more than fetuses do. Tara Culp-Rssler on what Americans have forgotten about the era before Roe v. Wade. Max Ehrenfreund on why abortions have fallen to their lowest rate since Roe v. Wade. Stassa Edwards on the history of abortifacients. Erica Hellerstein goes inside American United for Life, the highly sophisticated group that’s quietly making it much harder to get an abortion. America has decided: Sex is for rich people, non-procreative sex in particular — how else would you explain the trap we’re laying for poor people who deign to get it on?

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