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Beth A. Simmons (Penn): Borders Rules. Pak-Hang Wong (Hamburg): Global Engineering Ethics. Cyclone Idai: “The scale of devastation is enormous”. Can voters forgive Elizabeth Warren? Elizabeth Warren wants to abolish the electoral college — here’s how it could actually happen, sort of (and more). Thread: “Would abolishing the Electoral College mean that candidates will only campaign in a handful of urban areas?” Thread: “The problem is not necessarily the Electoral College”. The quest for Brexit

Paper Trail

Tommy Orange has won the Pen/Hemingway Award for his debut novel, There There. “The breadth and scope of this novel are matched only by the fierce and relentless intelligence that Orange brings to his characters, who despite tragedy, heartbreak and loss, reside in a remarkable world of hard-earned grace,” this year’s judges for the prize


Love Letters

Kaitlyn TiffanyI’m not the first, and certainly won’t be the last, person to unhelpfully ask, “Why doesn’t anyone write letters anymore?” Some of the best and most interesting writing has been done for an audience

Daily Review

Sea Monsters

You could describe Chloe Aridjis’s first two novels as mood pieces. Both have a Sebaldian preoccupation with the ways we are haunted by history; both are, as she has put it, “somehow impregnated or overcast with the weight of the past.” Her narrators—one, in Book of


In 2012, the British author Geoff Dyer published Zona, an eccentric volume on Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky’s vaunted 1979 film, Dyer’s Zonamoves with pronounced energy between close readings and carefree riffs, Dyer’s new book, ‘Broadsword Calling Danny Boy’—just out from Pantheon—marks the writer’s second crack at book-length movie criticism.


Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"


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Greg Grandin

With his eye on the longer game, Ronald Reagan hedged against the nativists then filling Republican ranks. Even as his administration was carrying out workplace raids that critics were comparing to Operation Wetback in the 1950s, he bet the party’s fortunes on courting the Latino vote. “Hispanics are Republicans,” Reagan once said, on the idea that they were inherently conservative, “they just don’t know it."