Take the range

Robert R. Kaufman (Rutgers) and Stephan Haggard (UC San Diego): Democratic Decline in the United States: What Can We Learn From Middle-Income Backsliding? Frida Ghitis on three countries where democracy actually staged a comeback in 2018. The end of shame: Why politicians don’t resign in shame anymore. Branko Marcetic on the tragic life of the war criminal Elliott Abrams. The U.S. doesn’t deserve the World Bank presidency. Three gaps help us understand the politics of the wall, the shutdown, and

Paper Trail

Lauren Elkin is working on a new book. Art Monsters: On Beauty and Excess will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the US and Chatto & Windus in the UK. The publication date has not been set, but the manuscript is due in 2020. Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian talks to The Guardian


Love Letters

I’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

The return of Andrea Dworkin’s radical vision

Even before her death from myocarditis in 2005, Andrea Dworkin was more read about than read. She had become less a public thinker than a symbol, an embodiment of feminism’s missteps and excesses. The right parodied her with the viciousness reserved for misogyny, mocking her overalls, frizzy hair, and excess weight. The left aggressively disavowed her, with other feminists going out of their way to contrast her opinions with their own.


Sam Lipsyte

Anyone familiar with Sam Lipsyte's work knows to expect somersaults of sentences, language twisted line after line into laugh-inducing poses. In his new novel, Hark, those poses have names: “Ithaka, Persian Rain, Moonlight Diana Number Three, Wheel of Tartars.” But this isn't pilates—it’s a form of self-actualization called “mental archery,” propagated by a man named Hark Morner.


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."