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Best literature and fiction of July

Best literature and fiction of July A heart-wrenching novel about a unique family living off the grid in Appalachia Ohio; a story that expertly explores the highs and lows of romantic and familial love; a book senior editor Chris Schluep has dubbed “the great Pacific Northwest novel,” and more. See all of our literature and […]

The Ham of Fate

The Ham of Fate Does Boris Johnson believe any of his own claims, and do his followers in turn believe him? In both cases, the answer is yes, but only in the highly qualified way that an actor inhabits his role and an audience knowingly accepts the pretense. Johnson’s appeal lies precisely in the creation […]

Iran: The Case Against War

Iran: The Case Against War The similarities between the current situation and the prelude to the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2002–2003 are unmistakable. A pugnacious and insecure US president obsessed with a government he has demonized is unconstrained due to a disrupted interagency process and a Congress paralyzed by a cowed and craven […]

A conversation with Karl Marlantes, author of “Deep River”

A conversation with Karl Marlantes, author of “Deep River” Karl Marlantes has written the Great Pacific Northwest novel. Set in the early 20th century, Deep River features Finnish immigrants, endless resources, and an effort to establish workers’ rights. I have given this novel to several people, and the consensus is I never knew a book […]

The best nonfiction of 2019 so far

The best nonfiction of 2019 so far Among other things, I have enjoyed complaining about how nonfiction is defined by what it is not (fiction), which is hardly a definition at all—it’s just about everything in the world. For our purposes here (narrowing down the year’s “best” nonfiction books to 20, an absurdly small and somewhat […]

The New Fugitive Slave Laws

The New Fugitive Slave Laws There are still individuals who, regardless of race and ethnicity, do not accept or support their government’s unjust and inhumane policies. If the history of slavery and the fight against it has taught us something, it is that racial proscriptions and divisions suit those who seek to dehumanize and exploit people […]

Cheers to a new romantic comedy from Jasmine Guillory

Cheers to a new romantic comedy from Jasmine Guillory When Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date hit shelves in early 2018, it sported a colorful illustrated cover. That now-iconic look helped launch a new generation of sharply written romantic comedies that not only returned the fun to roller-coaster relationships but headlined rom-coms with people of color. […]

A Historic Win for New York Tenants

A Historic Win for New York Tenants On June 14, the State Legislature in Albany passed a bill that will profoundly change the tenor of life in New York City. The law—known officially as the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, but dubbed by its advocates “universal rent control”—strengthens tenant protections for the […]