Twilight of Democracy
In comparing Trump to other new authoritarians, Anne Applebaum writes how the America of today sees no important distinction between democracy and dictatorship, feels no loyalty to the other democracies, and is not ‘exceptional’In comparing Trump to other new authoritarians, Anne Applebaum writes how the America of today sees no important distinction between democracy and dictatorship, feels no loyalty to the other democracies, and is not ‘exceptional’
Masha Gessen describes how Trump is trying to create an autocracy: a regime in which the ruler is above the law and the ruler’s word is law. The president does not want orderly government or rational policy. He wants pageantry and adoration
J. Levitz & Melissa Korn
Unacceptable — inside the Ivy League admissions scandal
Over the past decade, the US Department of Justice says Singer offered much more to at least 30 wealthy couples, from the actress Felicity Huffman to the corporate attorney Gordon Caplan and to the social impact fund manager Bill McGlashan. McGlashan is fighting the case, pleading that he made a $50,000 donation but paid for “legitimate college counselling” and did not understand that Singer's approach involved bribery.
Twentieth Century Paris
Marie-José Gransard ‘literary guide for travellers’ is a compendium of the artists and writers who were drawn to Paris in the first half of the 20th century
Au Revoir Tristesse
Writer and comedian Viv Groskop selects 12 pivotal titles in her exploration of her own obsession with France, its language and culture.
Shots in the Dark
A charming diary by the British historian David Kynaston as he follows Aldershot Town of the Vanarama National League, the fifth division, over the 2016-17 season.
A book on football, given the game’s grip on the popular imagination, is a good forum to tackle bigger issues.
Remain In Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
Drummer Chris Frantz recalls in fascinating detail the band’s early New York days — and their still unresolved break-up.
Meanwhile in Dopamine City
A Big Tech satire by the author of Vernon God Little fizzes with ideas and inventive prose.
A number of culprits have been fingered in the frequently diagnosed death of the novel. Writers themselves are sometimes held to blame, especially the modernists of a century ago for exhausting the novel’s form with their experimentations. Cinema, television and mass culture are commonly arraigned as chief suspects.