Nobel Prize–winning economists Eric Maskin and Amartya Sen follow up their recent proposal for a “majority rule” electoral system in the United States with some reflections on the problem of vote-splitting and the results of the French presidential election.
Nobel Prizewinning economists Eric Maskin and Amartya Sen follow up their recent

A Better Way to Choose Presidents

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Ken Caudill
Patsy Stallard Jones
"Unlike Trump, Jeff Sessions has been able to implement major changes to the agency charged with protecting the rights of all Americans," writes David Cole. For this reason, "the attorney general may actually be the more dangerous of the two."
Unlike Trump Jeff Sessions has been able to implement major changes to

More Dangerous Than Trump

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Larry Henderson
“Donald Trump is our first Facebook president,” writes Sue Halpern. “His team figured out how to use all the marketing tools of Facebook, as well as Google, the two biggest advertising platforms in the world, to successfully sell a candidate that the majority of Americans did not want.”
Donald Trump is our first Facebook president writes Sue Halpern His team

How He Used Facebook to Win

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Eileen Balfe
Florian Maderspacher
Fred Baube
Ingrid Rowland reviews several recent exhibitions that provide a fresh, insightful view into Martin Luther’s life and times and the vast, unpredictable forces his rebellion unleashed.
Ingrid Rowland reviews several recent exhibitions that provide a fresh insightful view

Martin Luther’s Burning Questions

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Pat Ash
Charles Heath
"The genius of Chinua Achebe, like all genius, escapes precise analysis. The first of the novels in his 'African trilogy' defined a starting point for the modern African novel," writes Kwame Anthony Appiah in his foreword to a new edition of the trilogy. "He found a way to represent for a global Anglophone audience the diction of his Igbo homeland."
The genius of Chinua Achebe like all genius escapes precise analysis The

The Achievement of Chinua Achebe

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Rebecca Whitton
Marcia Barton
Seth Peck
"The Chinese who could afford to think about such things at all were obsessed with notions of immortality and the afterlife," writes Ian Buruma. Buried in the Qin Emperor’s tomb "there were sculptures of pet animals, and dancers and acrobats to entertain...And the bones of his concubines, sacrificed to comfort their ruler in the afterlife, were found inside the tomb as well."
The Chinese who could afford to think about such things at all

The Earthy Glories of Ancient China

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Astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan reviews three books about women's contributions to modern astrophysics and space exploration: "Science has always been a collective enterprise, dependent on many individuals who work behind the scenes...Yet for too much of its history the work of women and scientists of color was exploited, deemed rudimentary, and unacknowledged."
Astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan reviews three books about womens contributio

Calculating Women

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Antigone Wolf
António Oliveira
On World War I and American art, James Fenton writes, "It is striking how often in this period the war is presented as an issue of manhood, of womanly values, motherhood, virginity at stake, plain old sex."
On World War I and American art James Fenton writes It is

The Disasters of War

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Is a crackdown on universities the latest addition to the increasingly sophisticated repertoire of right-wing populism? Jan-Werner Müller on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's new law aimed at shutting down the Central European University (CEU).
Is a crackdown on universities the latest addition to the increasingly sophisticated

Hungary: The War on Education

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Hyacinth Beatle
Ilan Talmud
Ilan Talmud
"Why would Russia tolerate the Chechen government's campaign against gays, which has been so heavily criticized and seems to serve no political purpose?" writes Amy Knight. "Vladimir Putin and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov have long had a Faustian bargain."
Why would Russia tolerate the Chechen governments campaign against gays which has

Putin’s Monster

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Володимир Шелухін
Julia Preston: "US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been conducting what it calls targeted enforcement operations around the country. About 680 people were picked up during five days in February in coordinated actions in five cities...according to the 'Austin American-Statesman,' out of fifty-one people arrested in that Texas city during the enforcement operations in February,...
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Julia Preston US Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE has been conducting what

Trump: The New Deportation Threat

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"Yet another journalist has been murdered in Mexico," writes Alma Guillermoprieto. "Because Javier Valdez was a friend of mine the details matter more to me this time."
Yet another journalist has been murdered in Mexico writes Alma Guillermoprieto Because

Mexico: A Voice Against the Darkness

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Karrin W. Willey
We’re pleased to announce that Ian Buruma has been named editor of The New York Review of Books.
Were pleased to announce that Ian Buruma has been named editor of

Ian Buruma Named Editor of The New York Review

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Sam Henick
Kristin Dittmann
Iva Mrvova
Steve Coll’s 2014 review of ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News—and Divided a Country’ by Gabriel Sherman
Steve Colls 2014 review of The Loudest Voice in the Room How

The King of the Foxes

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Stephen Reinhold
Allen Hile
Jeff Wietor
J. Hoberman on 'Afterimage,' Polish director Andrzej Wajda's final film, which tells the story of the last years of another Polish artist, the abstract painter Władysław Strzemiński.
J Hoberman on Afterimage Polish director Andrzej Wajdas final film which tells

The End of an Artist

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Joanna Czernichowska
Sasha Berman
Michael Sapunor
Martin Filler on Irving Penn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: "Despite Penn’s habitual kvetching about being a tool of commerce, the Condé Nast connection gave him early access to fresh currents of creativity, and he was always alive to them."
Martin Filler on Irving Penn at The Metropolitan Museum of Art New

The Puzzle of Irving Penn

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"The antic Jazz Age canvases of the painter, poet, and theatrical designer Florine Stettheimer can give the impression, at first glance, of a never-ending party," writes Christopher Benfey, reviewing the Stettheimer exhibition now at The Jewish Museum along with "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s" now at Cooper Hewitt.
The antic Jazz Age canvases of the painter poet and theatrical designer

The Bruegel of Bendel’s

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Edward Foy
Jeneen Hobby
Historian Robert Paxton on two new books about owls
Historian Robert Paxton on two new books about owls

A Parliament of Owls

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Real Collins Odhiambo
Adipo Sidang
Donna Kellner
This article by Timothy Snyder from April 2016, about how Putin would exploit Trump’s vanity and need for praise, is worth another look today:

“It is precisely Trump’s pose of strength that reveals his crucial vulnerability. As anyone familiar with Russian politics understands, an American president who shuns alliances with fellow democracies, praises dictators, and prefers ‘deals’ to the...
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This article by Timothy Snyder from April 2016 about how Putin would

Trump’s Putin Fantasy

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Miguel Medina-Ibáñez
Nick McBain
Sylvia Fize-Roussel
Robyn Creswell: "While often whimsical on the surface, in aggregate the Syrian writer Osama Alomar's stories offer a uniquely haunting account of the conflict they never name."
Robyn Creswell While often whimsical on the surface in aggregate the Syrian

Syria: Stories from the Barrel of a Cannon

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Jen Von Ghoul