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The problem of Donald Trump

The problem of Donald Trump didn’t start with Donald Trump: His shocking rise to power was actually 27 years in the making. “This is the new Republican Party”: Edward-Isaac Dovere on the final GOP holdouts to Donald Trump whimper into oblivion. Departing Republicans confess: They have been part of a “cult”. Authoritarianism and the cultic dynamic: Daniel Shaw on traumatic narcissism in American politics today. “Dictator envy”: Trump’s praise of Kim Jong Un widens his embrace of totalitarian


Paper Trail

Victor LaValle’s novel The Changeling is being adapted into a TV series that will air on FX. The legendary and inimitable Happy Ending reading series will return for one night: June 27 at Joe’s Pub. This installment is titled “Anxiety and Misdiagnosis,” and the lineup will include Amanda Stern (Happy Ending’s creator and longtime host,

Syllabi

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

You Say You Want an Evolution

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was not a flop when it came out. It was a big hit and ended up the highest-grossing film of 1968. It was especially popular with acidheads and pot smokers, science geeks, budding filmmakers, and people under forty in general. The critics in New York, however, all hated it (except for Penelope Gilliatt in the New Yorker), and it had not done well in preview screenings with studio execs and celebrities, who found it boring and confusing. Those preview screenings and early reviews have become part of the film’s legend. People love to remember how the snobs got it wrong.

Interviews

Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour’s memoir, Sick, is a deeply powerful and harrowing odyssey through the most profound mysteries of mind and body, as Khakpour explores the roots of a chronic illness that has no clear beginning or end.

Excerpt

Excess—The Factory

Leslie Kaplan

Below is an excerpt from Leslie Kaplan's 1982 fiction of the French factory revolts. For more on the book, recently released in an English edition (translated by Julie Carr and Jennifer Pap), see Jason E. Smith's review in our special summer issue, 1968 Now.

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