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August 11, 2016
Will the Public Internet Survive?
For Scott Malcomson, the Web is slowly being redefined according to the old political maps of nation-states.
July 28, 2016
Máirtín Ó Cadhain: Found in Translation
They way to see the author’s satire of small-village life whole is to see the translations multiplied.
June 17, 2016
Tony Tulathimutte’s Worst-Case Scenarios
, the world is ridiculous enough for truths to stand out among absurdities.
June 6, 2016
How Poems Think
The power of lyric poetry lies in negation, not self-assertion.
June 2, 2016
A vision of time travel gets trapped in the media of our time.
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June 2, 2016
How False Equivalence Is Distorting the 2016 Election Coverage
The media’s need to cover “both sides” of every story makes no sense when one side has little regard for the truth.
May 5, 2016
‘Goethe Dies’: A Brief and Headlong Book
Thomas Bernhard makes intricate fiction from the grit and putty of life.
February 25, 2016
‘On the Edge’ Gives No Pleasure
Rafael Chirbes’s second work to be translated into English operates like a psychological health tonic: It’s corrosive going down, but afterward the effect is invigorating.
January 21, 2016
Rushdie Misses the Magic
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
has all the markers of a Salman Rushdie novel, but it’s not a great book.
November 25, 2015
Happiness and the Hidden Wealth of Nations
Two recent books show how challenging the fight against pernicious inequality remains.