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The Baffler

World Processor

Knocking Off YouTube’s Populist Halo

"Citizen Koch" and the Oligarchic Slide

Networking Into the Abyss


Data, Secrets, and the Surveillance State [notes]

A Gun, a Printer, an Ideology

Politico Magazine

Loose Tweets Sink Ships

The State Department’s Twitter Jihad


"I’m Not the Enemy"

Against Enthusiasm

The New York Times

Do We Need Professional Critics?

Satantango by Laszlo Krasnahorkai

Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives by Brad Watson

The New Inquiry

The Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home

"By Any Other Name"

City Under Siege

Pacific Standard

Through a Data Set, Darkly

The New Republic

Is Computer Coding An Art? On Vikram Chandra’s Geek Sublime

Apple’s Watch Is Like a High-Tech Mood Ring

A Threat Assessment of Google’s Robot Army

Fiction about the internet fumbles toward eloquence

The Problem with Tweeting a Revolution

The Warlock: Horacio Castellanos Moya’s Tyrant Memory

Rebels and Collaborators: Purge by Sofi Oksanen


Innovators Abroad: on new books by Walter Isaacson and Steven Johnson and the cult of innovation

Drugs without the Hot Air by David Nutt

Journalism by Joe Sacco

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

The Letter Killers Club by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

Sweet Heavy When I Die by Jeff Sharlet 

The Line by Olga Grushin

Los Angeles Times

'Dragnet Nation' looks at the hidden systems that are always looking at you

Clive Thompson’s ‘Smarter Than You Think’ a digital love letter

The artful meditation of Karen Green, David Foster Wallace’s widow

A book editor unleashes the beast within in Arnon Grunberg’s ‘Tirza’

Juliann Garey impresses in sharp-tongued debut novel

Roberto Bolano’s ‘Woes of the True Policeman’ a sketchy work

The Sandbox by David Zimmerman

Love and Obstacles: Stories by Aleksandar Hemon

Hell by Robert Olen Butler

Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw

Al Jazeera America

Time to regulate data brokers

San Francisco Chronicle

Virtual Unreality by Charles Seife

The Barnes & Noble Review

The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker

The National

Second Person Singular: straddling cultures as an Arab-Israeli

Alif the Unseen is missed chance to fictionalise post-Arab Spring shift

Drifting House: Koreans search for a place to call home

Guantanamo Bay represents a legacy of shame for US

Everything but the truth

Where the Wild Frontiers Are: America comes up short in South Asia

Albert Cossery, the dispassionate anarchist [PDF]

Fantastic voyage: Jean-Christophe Valtat’s Aurorarama

Voices of the People: Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Mockery into feeling: Dezso Kosztolányi

The Collaborator: A fictional story too close to the reality of Kashmir

The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages by Sophie Hardach

Los Angeles Review of Books

The Xenophile’s Dilemma: Ethan Zuckerman’s “Rewire”

Trading Faith for Wonder: On Judaism’s Literary Legacy

Eternal Forgetting

War Zone

Poetry Foundation

'Are We All Monsters?'

Rimbaud in Embryo


Philip Roth’s Victory Lap

Israel at the Oscars

The Many Sides of ‘Yossi,’ Eytan Fox’s New Film

Ode to Jean-Ralphio

Beyond Nepotism

Holiday Movies As History Books

My Sheldon Adelson Complex

Retweet This War

Women Aren’t Funny? Really?

Shani Boianjiu and the Problems of Youth

Stop Calling Porn Star James Deen a ‘Nice Jewish Boy’

Watching the Anti-War Documentary ‘Tears of Gaza’

The Jews of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’

Andy Zaltzman, Radio Comic for an Internet World

Gary Shteyngart’s Blurbs: A Journey to the End of Praise

Serbia’s Holocaust Memorist

How Poverty Became Merely Another Spectacle

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the Slow Fade of Memory

Harvey Pekar’s Unfinished Lament

Hoaxocaust! The Satirical Play About Holocaust Denial

The Campiness of Camp, a Summer-Long Pageant

Jon Stewart’s Happily Ignorant Jew Routine is Getting Stale

On Twitter, Grief is Just Another Meme

Code Pink’s Next Battle



Emphasis on ‘Bored’


Free Radical

Rosenberg Boys Appear at ‘Daniel’ Screening

Myla Does Maryland

Burial Plots


Kenyan Branch

Capital New York

Edwidge Danticat and Salman Rushdie share stories of violence and fear, well-leavened with humor

A comedians’ live show, ‘Thrilling Adventure Hour,’ comes east from L.A.

On stage, the pleasant ‘purple-state’ feminism of Amy Poehler

Margaret Atwood on debt, an old Tasmanian prison, a new documentary, and why she’s not an activist

Author Rajesh Parameswaran explains his process, and what took him so long to admit to the world he was a writer

'Game of Thrones' is bloodthirsty and depraved, but its pleasures shouldn't feel like guilty ones

Why flash fiction is an overrated genre, and why Etgar Keret is a master of it

In Brooklyn, Aleksandar Hemon and Nicole Krauss make the case for internationalist literature

Novelist Heidi Julavits talks about stripping away all that stuff that’s a ‘waste of time,’ and re-embracing Y.A. and early ’90s feminism

Author Hari Kunzru on the culture wars, meth, and his ambitious new novel, ‘Gods Without Men’

Adam Wilson, author of ‘Flatscreen,’ talks about sex, drugs, and misery

The circuitous return of Steven Van Zandt, wise guy (via Netflix, and Norwegian comedy)

Colm Tóibín and Belinda McKeon discuss writing about Ireland, living in New York, and the aftermath of the Celtic Tiger

The Daily Beast

Not Much New in Douglas Rushkoff’s Reading of the Future

Is Fiction Worthless? David Shields Thinks So

Twin Protests

Oren Makes Friends, Not News

Not Trying to Cause a Big Sensation

From the Ruins of Empire by Pankaj Mishra

A Profile of Elias Khoury

Jonah Lehrer’s ‘Self-Plagiarism’ Scandal Rocks The New Yorker

Magical Thinking on Netanyahu

Consumerism: the Purest Kind of Politics

The Code of Life

Gitmo’s Strange Reality

In the Land of Babel: Best European Fiction 2012

The Perils of Childhood

Jesse Ball’s War Against Conventional Fiction

The Rediscovery of Hans Keilson

Molotov’s Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History by Rachel Polonsky

Albania’s Dark Horse: Ismail Kadare and The Accident

Russia’s Wicked Satirist: Vladimir Sorokin’s Day of the Oprichnik and Ice Trilogy

The Quarterly Conversation

"Futility" by William Gerhardie

"Dogma" by Lars Iyer

The Atlantic

What Makes the Arab World Laugh

The Dodgers: Los Angeles’ Answer to General Motors

The Forward

A Wild Beast Of a Novel: Dolly City Finally Arrives in America

Bloodsuckers, Serbs and Ghostly Kabbalists

The Virginia Quarterly Review (online & print)

The Activist Novelist: David Grossman’s To The End of the Land [PDF] (and some notes)

A Gentle and Angry Instrument: Robert Walser’s Short Fiction

The Art of the Negative Review

‘I Have Decided Not to Die,’ an essay about one family’s experience of the Armenian Genocide 

Daylight Noir: Raymond Chandler’s Imagined City by Catherine Corman

The New Ludditism in Literature

In Praise of Plagiarism: a review of Bernardo Atxaga’s Obabakoak

The Accordionist’s Son by Bernardo Atxaga

The Christian Science Monitor

The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

Point Omega by Don DeLillo


In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

Siamese by Stig Sæterbakken

Cairo Modern by Naguib Mahfouz

Manituana by Wu Ming

The Jewish Husband by Lia Levi

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

The Complete Fiction by Francis Wyndham

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn

The Age of Orphans by Laleh Khadivi

[Deep Cuts]

A Review of Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?” Vaguely in the Style of Harper’s Index

Body Counts

Some Notes Against Enthusiasm

We Great Apes: Reassessing Connections Between Humanity and the Natural World