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Ali Smith’s Seasonal Cycle Turns to a Dreamy ‘Winter’

She intends to keep us off balance, to spike the cider with absinthe, to kiss the wrong mouths. She intends to send a chill up your shanks and she succeeds, jubilantly. If I’d rank “Winter” a notch below “Autumn”...

The Acceptance of Certain Mysteries: Peter Taylor’s “Complete Stories”

JANUARY 8, 2018 PETER TAYLOR’S SHORT FICTION radiates confidentiality. In the work assembled in Library of America’s two-volume Complete Stories (1938–1959 and 1960–1992), he invites readers into the domestic lives of prosperous, strait-laced, white Southerners — primarily Tennesseans —...

Winners: Ayn Rand’s Teenage Daydream

JANUARY 8, 2018 OF THE MANY, many thousands — even millions — of Ayn Rand disciples, there are those who came to her books for the sex and those who came to them for the ideas. The sex in...

Before Glitter and Glue Sticks, ‘Craeft’

Consider his description of the making of the traditional wooden fence called a wattle hurdle. It starts not as you’d expect with the assembly of the required materials, but with the planting and tending of the hazel trees that...

How the Unlikely Becomes Inevitable in Hermione Hoby’s “Neon in Daylight”

JANUARY 7, 2018 KATE ARRIVES in New York City alone with nothing to do. A blessing and a curse. She has housing, via her mother’s “onetime best friend,” for the small price of keeping said friend’s cat, Joni Mitchell,...

Life in the Fast Lane

JANUARY 7, 2018 THE RECENT NEWS that Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner was putting his majority stake in the magazine up for sale wasn’t surprising. Like many other media outlets still tethered to print, its fortunes have been waning...

The Neoliberal Feminist Subject – Los Angeles Review of Books

JANUARY 7, 2018 IN THE PAST few years, a flurry of feminist manifestos have appeared, garnering intense media attention and reenergizing debates, most prominently around the question of why well-educated middle-class women are still struggling to pursue careers and...

Total Recall: A Reader’s Guide to Memory Gain

On the diet and exercise front, the two books were mostly in agreement: Strangely, neither wants you to lie on the couch while idly nursing a stick of French butter. (But take heart, both books want you to eat...

Is Government a Protection Racket? How Wheat and Taxes Built the Ancient States

JANUARY 6, 2018 THE DEVELOPMENT OF the state is the most important event in human political history. Before then, all human societies were organized by kinship alone. Differences between individuals were restricted to those of age, gender, and personal...

Tiny Books of the Resistance

JANUARY 6, 2018 SPEAK SOFTLY and carry a tiny book, the radical adage might as well go. Right-wing think tanks such as the Cato Institute and The Heritage Foundation distribute mini-constitutions. Mao’s Little Red Book was said to be...