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  • The Con He Rode In On
    par Mark Danner le 22/10/2020 à 11:00

    Amid the sensory swirl of the airplane hangar in Freeland, Michigan—the thousands of voices screaming, the red MAGA hats bobbing and shifting, the fifty-foot flags on cranes flapping and snapping, the long sleek blue-and-white bulk of Air Force One gleaming, the elbow-to-elbow crowd heaving […]

  • A Portrait of the Fascist as a Young Man
    par Ali Winston le 22/10/2020 à 10:42

    As the threat of political violence looms over the 2020 presidential election, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are preparing for an appeals hearing for the founder of a neofascist street gang at the heart of the earliest street violence of the Trump era. Four years ago, Robert Rundo, a […]

  • The Gonzo Constitutionalism of the American Right
    par Corey Robin le 21/10/2020 à 11:25

    In its heyday, American conservatism was called a “three-legged stool.” One leg was economic and libertarian, appealing to business-minded voters with a platform of tax cuts, deregulation, and gutting the welfare state. The second leg was statist and anticommunist, rallying militarists […]

  • The Women’s March of Belarus
    par Sławomir Sierakowski le 20/10/2020 à 1:09

    On Saturday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across the United States in a reprise of the women’s marches that began on President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day. The next day, a Norwegian member of parliament nominated three women marchers for the Nobel Peace […]

  • Getting Out of Tight Corners
    par Jane McAlevey le 19/10/2020 à 11:00

    The tint on the windows of the van transporting us to the counting room in Miami was so dark that it was difficult to see out of the windows. But it kept our faces concealed from the throngs of reporters who had traveled to Florida from around the world, and also from the clean-shaven Christian

  • From Palestine to the World, the Militant Film of the PLO
    par Kaleem Hawa le 17/10/2020 à 12:05

    The Palestinian militant film project emerged in the aftermath of the 1967 Arab–Israeli War, hoping to win international sympathy and solidarity by showing Palestine as one dialect in a global language of anti-colonial struggle. The war—which lasted six days—ended in crushing […]

  • The Syrian Mercenaries Fighting Foreign Wars for Russia and Turkey
    par Elizabeth Tsurkov le 16/10/2020 à 11:00

    “They sent us directly to the front lines. The situation is terrible. Terrible. There is fighting every day. We are charged with storming. There is no rest. There are many men missing and we can’t get to them,” explained Abdel Basit, a Syrian mercenary speaking from Azerbaijan […]

  • Women Not at Home
    par Ruth Margalit le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    The Israeli writer Ronit Matalon, who died in 2017 at the age of fifty-eight, was the author of fragmentary but sweeping family novels. She was also a fierce advocate for the rights of Palestinians and for the advancement of Mizrahim—Jews of Middle Eastern or North African descent, many of […]

  • The Supreme Court We Need
    par Linda Greenhouse le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    Growing up in the shadow of the Kennedy administration, I watched in awe as people half a generation older headed to the exotic venues of the Peace Corps or the even more alluring (to me) Washington, D.C. We understood government then to be an agent of the common good, the ultimate problem-solver. […]

  • Sound and Fury
    par Matthew Aucoin le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    In 2014, when I was an apprentice conductor with the Chicago Symphony, I first conducted that ensemble in public with an enormous projection of Pierre Boulez looming over me. Boulez, the revered and widely influential French composer and conductor, was nearly ninety at the time. He had originally […]

  • Knives Out
    par Sanford Schwartz le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    As we were waiting on line at the Metropolitan Museum to get into the exhibition “Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle,” I told my friend that one reason why Lawrence, though long an esteemed name in American art, has a rather modest presence in our museums may derive from his not […]

  • A Society on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
    par Darryl Pinckney le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    I am too hurt by 2016 to trust. Four years of outrages against the Republic and Us, the People, from the chief crony on Pennsylvania Avenue have made the United States of America another regime-afflicted society in which the truth loses out. That election was a case of most white men and white […]

  • Cancer Under Capitalism
    par Nellie Hermann le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    There are, according to the sociologist Arthur Frank, three kinds of illness narratives: the restitution narrative, the chaos narrative, and the quest narrative. The restitution narrative, he wrote in his influential book The Wounded Storyteller (1995), is the one favored by Western capitalism: it […]

  • Republicans: The New Confederacy
    par David W. Blight le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    Democracy works best when politics don’t mirror the country’s deepest social divisions, and all sides can accept defeat and a transition of government. As Trump flags replace Confederate flags on truck caravans and at Republican rallies, we are about to experience a presidential […]

  • The Burning West
    par Claire Vaye Watkins le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    I knew that moving back to California this summer would be a funeral, but living the funeral is another thing entirely. Not long after I arrived in this homesteader cabin-cum-Airbnb in the Mojave Desert, my grandmother Mary Lou died. The mountains around me have been erased by wildfire smoke. I […]

  • A Decent America
    par Minae Mizumura le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    One lazy afternoon a few years ago, a woman my age was giving me acupuncture. We were talking about our childhoods and how America used to represent everything that was good and enviable. “You know, folks around me used to say it doesn’t snow in America,” she said, laughing. She […]

  • As Bad as It Gets
    par Elaine Blair le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    When I was six, an aunt gave me a book of fairy tales in which I discovered Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Fir Tree.” The story, which I reread about a thousand times during my elementary school years, is about a little evergreen in a forest who longs to grow bigger and have […]

  • Power
    par Maureen N. McLane le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    Whitecaps. Two wind turbines turning, the third towering, still. Do the gulls know what is going on. What is going on. What should be. Elaborate fantasy a defense against reality or a part. Unfathered vapour taking the place of an Alp. A thought. Universal suffrage. Living. Justice. In the harbor […]

  • The Illusion of Invincibility
    par Michael Greenberg le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    People who have lived under the rule of a charismatic autocrat—caudillo may be the most precise word—have no trouble recognizing the nature of Donald Trump’s grip on America’s psyche. A talented caudillo drives a stake into his country’s consciousness. He becomes […]

  • The Lie of American Asylum
    par Francisco Cantú le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    At the beginning of August, as coronavirus cases continued to spike across the country, I interviewed a Mexican asylum seeker as part of a project to archive the voices of migrants who have suffered under the US detention system. The man, who asked to be referred to as Enrique to safeguard his […]

  • How the Awful Stuff Won
    par Tom Scocca le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    We all could have ignored the Westboro Baptist Church, theoretically, but the opportunity to be party to a morality play seemed unusual and interesting, back then. It was a sunny day in 2014, just before the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and protesters from the church had come all the […]

  • Disorders of the Heart
    par Sigrid Nunez le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    In an essay about short story collections called “Only Collect,” Peter Ho Davies discusses two different ways a writer might put together such a book. There is the way of Davies’s first book, The Ugliest House in the World (1997), “assembled under the not very edifying […]

  • Thinking Outside the ‘Pico Box’
    par Anthony Grafton le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    Learned men in the Renaissance loved oratory as deeply as politicians did in the nineteenth century, and they practiced it with skill and dedication. They wrote speeches to open church councils, to advertise university courses, and to praise everything from ancient disciplines they hoped to revive […]

  • Why Was She So Hated?
    par Lynn Hunt le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    Lock her up! In this case, they not only locked her up but also cut off her head. It is not often that a queen is arrested, tried, and publicly executed. Henry VIII had two of his wives beheaded, one after a trial, the other by bill of attainder, but their executions took place in

  • Naples, Florida
    par Ange Mlinko le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    A storm breathes—down our necks, yes, but also oxygenated by its warm air intake. As it knocks about the Bahamas, ours is bated; fresh water “flies off the shelves,” and the coast by decree evacuated, for we will not recuse ourselves, not even at the peninsular end, where the land […]

  • Storm the Polls Like the Ones Before Us Stormed Pulpits
    par Anna Deavere Smith le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    On May 4, 1969, James Forman, the former executive secretary of SNCC, stormed the pulpit at Riverside Church in New York City in the middle of Sunday morning communion service and, with six aides at his side, started reading a list of demands for reparations from white churches and synagogues for […]

  • The Pleasures of Authoritarianism
    par Jacqueline Rose le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    In the run-up to this election and from this side of the pond, the “special relationship” between the US and the UK has never looked so threatening and bizarre, at least not since the love-in between Reagan and Thatcher. First the fact that we are faced with the dire prospect of having […]

  • Red Wedding
    par Caroline Fraser le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    This election is a referendum on existential issues, among them racial justice, climate change, voting rights, and health care during a global pandemic. But it is also, in ways easily overlooked during successive crises, about religion: whether to empower for four more years, at the highest levels […]

  • Keep Your Wits
    par Mark Lilla le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    It’s been four years now and you have not been yourself. You were no more prepared for Donald Trump’s election than anyone else was. It left you stupefied and outraged. It also left you with an unwelcome sense that you no longer knew your country. You had grown accustomed to the […]

  • Enabler in Chief
    par Fintan O’Toole le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    On September 23, less than two weeks before he tested positive for Covid, Donald Trump made explicit what has long been implicit: he will not accept defeat in the presidential election. Asked whether he would “commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the November […]

  • On the Waterfront
    par Colin Grant le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    The peripatetic writer Claude McKay was born in Jamaica in 1889 but made in Harlem. As he wrote in his memoir, A Long Way from Home (1937), nothing came close to its “hot syncopated fascination.” His time there was heady and fortuitous. It was a period, recalled Langston Hughes, […]

  • How Did We Get Here?
    par Vivian Gornick le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    The morning after Donald Trump’s election, everyone who had not voted for him probably woke up thinking, “How did we get here?” Nearly four years later, even when we ask it rhetorically, we are still marveling over the question, for which no satisfying answer has ever been found. […]

  • Karenina’s Children
    par Yiyun Li le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    In 1899 Anton Chekhov wrote to Maxim Gorky, an up-and-coming writer whose stories had caught his and Tolstoy’s attention: The day before yesterday I was at L.N. Tolstoy’s; he praised you very highly and said that you were “a remarkable writer.” He likes your “The […]

  • The Fighter
    par Maggie Doherty le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    Sometime after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump, Liz Abzug, daughter of the politician Bella Abzug, got in touch with Harvey Fierstein. Fierstein, a legend of downtown theater with a joyful, gravelly voice, made his name with Torch Song Trilogy, a 1982 sequence of […]

  • Rival Realities
    par Hari Kunzru le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    In the days since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the temperature of American politics, already high, has become dangerously elevated. The opportunity for Donald Trump to nominate another Supreme Court justice has once again rubbed the noses of the Democratic Party establishment in their […]

  • Ex-President Trump, Security Threat?
    par Thomas Powers le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    The security clearance for Donald Trump may soon be up for review. The one he has came with the job and required no independent investigation of his character, judgment, personal conduct, financial history, abuse of drugs, respect for the law, allegiance to the Constitution, freedom from foreign […]

  • The Hide That Binds
    par Mike Jay le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    In June 2014 the Houghton Library at Harvard University announced that its copy of Des destinées de l’âme, a meditation on the soul by the French novelist and poet Arsène Houssaye dating from the mid-1880s, had been subjected to mass spectrometry testing and was […]

  • Victims of Democracy
    par David Treuer le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    Coming of age, as I did, as an Ojibwe on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, I thought a lot about life in the “real world,” off the reservation. Out there, I thought, is where America happens. America was on my mind even though America didn’t think a whole lot about […]

  • Time for a New Approach to Foreign Affairs
    par Jessica T. Mathews le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    Once again, as in 2016, foreign and security policy are almost absent from the presidential campaign. Domestic issues are the overwhelming priorities in this election, as they should be. Nonetheless, ignoring America’s place in the world amounts to a dangerous disregard for the gravity of the […]

  • How Did China Beat Its Covid Crisis?
    par Ian Johnson le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    On January 31 I received a knock at the door of my Beijing apartment. It was the manager of lease renewals clutching a stack of flyers. “Mr. Zhang, you’re feeling well?” she asked, using my Chinese surname. “No fever yet.” She laughed—foreigners and their […]

  • The Suspicion of Expertise
    par Michael Gorra le 15/10/2020 à 4:00

    I was out hiking with a college friend, a tax lawyer who used to be a Republican, and in between our moments of fear and loathing we talked of the things about the present that we simply found baffling. Look, I said as we panted up a hillside, we’re both experts of a kind; people

  • Limited Nuclear War?
    par David B. Kanin, Jessica T. Mathews le 15/10/2020 à 3:30

    To the Editors: In her review of recent books on nuclear forces and those who think about them, Jessica Mathews [“The New Nuclear Threat,” NYR, August 20] proceeds from the cold war–era conceptualization involving use by great powers of selected portions of their arsenals in a way […]

  • Weighing Restorative Justice
    par John Fitzgerald, Michelle Kuo le 15/10/2020 à 3:30

    To the Editors: Reading Michelle Kuo’s review of Danielle Sered’s Until We Reckon [NYR, August 20], I could not help wondering if the “restorative justice” practice it discussed could potentially result in further victimization for crime victims. For example, if a case was […]

  • Fairer Covid Trials
    par Abie Rohrig, Carl Elliott le 15/10/2020 à 3:30

    To the Editors: While I sincerely appreciate Marcia Angell’s and Carl Elliott’s concern for the well-being of potential Covid-19 challenge trial participants [Letters, NYR, August 20], their opposition to challenge trials diminishes the agency of volunteers like myself, who acknowledge […]

  • Query
    par Judith Goodstein le 15/10/2020 à 3:30

    To the Editors: For a biography of the Austro-American mathematician Olga Taussky-Todd (1906-1995), the first woman to receive a formal teaching position at the California Institute of Technology, I would be glad and pleased to hear from any of her former students, colleagues, or friends, or anyone […]

  • The Right’s War on Universities
    par Ruth Ben-Ghiat le 15/10/2020 à 11:00

    First came the declaration of war on The New York Times’s 1619 Project, which examines the way slavery has shaped American society and national identity. In September, Trump tweeted a threat to defund California schools if they included the 1619 Project in their curricula. Then came measures […]

  • Whatever It Takes
    par Tim Parks le 11/10/2020 à 1:30

    “Is Machiavelli good, then, or is he evil?” asks the French scholar Patrick Boucheron in his discussion of The Prince, a book whose “whole program is to uncouple political action from conventional morality.” Is he advising political leaders to be treacherous, violent, and […]

  • The Complicated Camera of Filmmaker Shirley Clarke
    par Sarah Cowan le 10/10/2020 à 11:00

    Shirley Clarke was interested in getting her films shown at the theaters frequented by Harlem teenagers, but all attempts failed. She was portrayed in the press as a courageous auteur for choosing to work with Black non-actors and crew members, and the documentary scenes were characterized as a […]

  • The Stones of Lewis, Portals in Time
    par Hugh Raffles le 09/10/2020 à 1:41

    If, as many archaeologists believe, Calanais was the center of the Hebrides and of a seagoing northern Neolithic world that encompassed Orkney, the Boyne Valley in Ireland, and Carnac in Brittany, perhaps Cnoc an Tursa—this rocky outcrop a hundred feet above where my sister used to […]

  • Love, Ecgburg
    par Mary Wellesley le 08/10/2020 à 5:30

    As Diane Watt makes clear in Women, Writing and Religion in England and Beyond, 650–1100, the history of English women’s literature is older than popularly thought. It is as old as the history of “overwriting”—a kind of medieval textual mansplaining, whereby […]

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