Active Shooter

So unusual are “active shooter” situations in Britain that a 2010 manhunt for a gunman named Raoul Moat created an American-style media circus, complete with television interruptions that recalled O. While some complained that the police spent too much money tracking him, others crafted Facebook pages in his honor, and some fans arrived to pay

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Elio’s Education

To render the boy’s sudden extreme isolation — the near-absoluteness of his nonrecognition — Guadagnino shoots him crouched near the hearth, looking into the fire, and crying. In 2013, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. That, after all, has the advantage of leaving everything to the pornographic imagination. Having privately

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Indicting the System

A decade before she was called a terrorist on national television, Khan-Cullors had already witnessed her brother face the accusation. Her family’s struggles with poverty and racism reflect the condition of Black Americans generally, as the statistics she cites demonstrate: America [has] 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prison population,

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‘The Critical Case of “K.”’: The Diary as a Trick

The novel follows “K,” who reads Kafka and decides that he, too, wants to keep a diary, although he is frustrated by his limited abilities and boring life: By Mahmoud Hosny In his debut novel The Critical Case of “K,” الحالة الحرجة للمدعو ك (Dar Altanweer, 2017), the Saudi writer Aziz Mohamed uses a diary

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Learning, and Not Caring: On the MLA’s Palestine Resolution

And make no mistake about it: this kind of moral timidity, masquerading as intellectual modesty, is what allows injustice to thrive — injustice that we find in Palestine, but also wherever there is misogyny, sexism, racism, and all other forms of bigotry. What follows is my diagnosis of a malignant state of mind, of intellectual

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Sunday Submissions: Four ALTA Awards

The 2018 American Literary Translations Association (ALTA) awards are now open: In particular, the following four prizes are now accepting submissions: National Translation Award in Prose,   for an exceptional book of translated literature published within the previous year National Translation Award in Poetry,   for an exceptional book of translated literature published within the

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Emily Drumstra Wins PEN Heim Grant to Translate Nazik al-Malaika’s ‘Revolt Against the Sun’

Among the modern poets of the 1950s and 60s, she seemed like one of the few who recognized that these metrical roots are precisely what has cemented poetry’s popular appeal in the Arab world, as well as its traditional reputation as the “register of the Arabs” (diwan al-‘arab). Yesterday,   PEN America announced the recipients

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‘Pirates, Dragons, Magicians, and Vampires from the Heart of Bahrain’

The more writers believe in themselves and push through the shell that keeps them from taking on huge challenges, the better for the country as a whole. Darwish has managed to publish a few other works of mystery and fantasy including his debut novel Dragon Tooth in 2015. The language is easily accessible to young

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A Theory of Injustice for Truly Disadvantaged Blacks

There is evidence that many people are inclined to accept the law — including laws that protect vulnerable citizens against serious mala in se crimes — as a source of moral authority that they themselves should take seriously. Following Kant and Rawls, Shelby argues that the individual’s civic obligations are rooted in reciprocity. The gestalt

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No Follow-Through

Culber, even Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd (God help me) — the series now needs to consider what all this is actually supposed to add up to. A Discovery that is declared lost with all hands explains, to a point, why we never heard about any of this before. Stop crafting stories whose payoff is,

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LARB Radio Hour: Love and Jealousy with Giulia Sissa

Giulia Sissa, Professor of Classics and Political Science at UCLA, joins hosts Eric, Kate, and Medaya to discuss her new book Jealousy: A Forbidden Passion, and elucidate how jealousy, though much maligned, is in fact central to our greatest desire, passionate amorous love. LARB Radio Hour: Love and Jealousy with Giulia Sissa By LARB AV –  February

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You Belong Here: A Conversation with Aditi Khorana and Sara Saedi

It’s on the rest of us to get the right people in power to make sure undocumented teens (and their parents) get a path to citizenship. That may be because I have a diverse group of friends that include first- and second-generation immigrants and native-born Americans. What about today? The longing for belonging is never

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Friday Finds: ‘The Mediterranean Sea Drowns in the Immigration Department’

It opens: You emerge from behind the scenes, I emerge from behind the nightmares, smiling as if the war hasn’t eaten my brother, and in those days, when my Syrian friends were dying under torture, my European friends were gently withdrawing from my wound which scratched their white lives and didn’t conform in any way

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The United States’s Sacred Gun Problem

Dunbar-Ortiz describes at length the hyperviolent, irregular warfare tactics used to make way for settlement and commodification of the United States, and the official encouragement and essential deputization of private, rogue militias (nothing more than armed civilians) that waged this warfare. Dunbar-Ortiz dismantles an argument popular among gun-control advocates: that the Second Amendment isn’t about

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Vietnam Comes Home

Wade). We never had to argue about politics or even much discuss it — because we knew we both shared the same attitude toward what the United States and the rest of the world ought to be doing but so often wasn’t. Dow Chemical. I recall sitting with him in his little Pasadena bungalow when we discussed how

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