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An island left to fend for itself

The worst disaster of the Trump administration (so far): Eliza Barclay, Alexia Fernandez Campbell, and Umair Irfan on 4 ways Hurricane Maria changed Puerto Rico — and the rest of America. Shocking chart shows how badly Trump botched Puerto Rico’s recovery after Maria. Despite Trump’s “great” cleanup, Puerto Rico is still reeling. On Hurricane Maria anniversary, Puerto Rico is still in ruins. Puerto Rico recovery: Roofless homes, closed schools, an island left to fend for itself. For Puerto Rico’s


Paper Trail

Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room, Richard Powers’s The Overstory, Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under, Robin Robertson’s The Long Take, and Anna Burns’s Milkman make up this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist. The winner will be announced next month. The critics of the New York Times Book Review talk to John Williams about

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

Eden

Andrea Kleine’s novel opens with the confluence of two distinctly tabloid anxieties: divorce and kidnapping. Hope and her half-sister, Eden, latchkey kids of the 1990s, have grown up trekking back and forth between their home in Charlottesville and their father’s new

Interviews

Michelle Dean

At first, it might be hard to see the connection between the ten critics profiled in Michelle Dean’s Sharp. Writers such as Dorothy Parker, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Hannah Arendt, Janet Malcolm, and Nora Ephron were singular talents—each an uneasy fit for any neat label. What links them, Dean writes, was that they were “sharp”—the word was often used as an insult—and possessed a keen critical facility that was underappreciated at the time but has become extremely influential.

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Extralife

Jessica Hopper

Saturday was the Hold Steady video. It is a good thing not all one hundred people showed up because we had room for about thirty-three total. People later said they did not show because filming video is waiting around for twenty hours to act fake-excited in one-minute spurts.

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