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Trump betrays his country in plain sight

Heather Hurlburt on 7 takeaways from Trump’s catastrophic meeting with Putin (and more and more and more and more). Trump and Putin colluded in public. At summit with Russia, Trump betrays his country in plain sight (and more and more and more). Donald Trump is the new Benedict Arnold. Trump had 5 clear chances to condemn Putin — he declined them all. What hold does Putin have on Trump? (and more) White House: Trump isn’t a traitor, just a cognitively impaired egotist. Karen Tumulty on Donald


Paper Trail

A lawsuit has been filed against the creators of S-Town. The estate of John B. McLemore alleges that McLemore, the focus of the podcast, “didn’t give permission to broadcast the intimate details of his sexual orientation, mental state and other aspects of his life.” Marlon James, Victore LaValle, Danzy Senna and more tell the New

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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

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The Overstory

Richard Powers’s latest novel seems like a response to the call for serious fiction of the Anthropocene. Focusing on the 1990s “timber wars” in California’s redwood forests, The Overstory treats the idea of agency as a collective one, and depicts the human realm as inextricable from the natural world.

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Keith Gessen

Keith Gessen’s timely and hilarious new novel, A Terrible Country, arrives ten years after his first, All the Sad Young Literary Men. The story follows Andrei Kaplan, an overeducated, underemployed young academic as he relocates to Moscow to look after his sick grandmother in the summer of 2008. Over the course of the year, Andrei cares for his grandmother, plays hockey, befriends revolutionaries, and falls in love.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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The Man Without a Nation

Amitava Kumar

The one activity that was perhaps the most stable part of my identity that first semester was the seminar I was taking with Ehsaan Ali. His class Colonial Encounters was held on Friday afternoons. The seminar participants required his special permission to join.

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