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Seizing the Means of Reproduction  

How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics: From Welfare Reform to Foreclosure to Trump by Laura Briggs University of California Press, 2018, 304 pp. Sketch for a 1976 Wages for Housework poster (MayDay Rooms / Creative Commons) In the 1970s, feminists …



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Hollinghurst’s Ghosts  

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst Knopf, 2018, 432 pp. Keith Vaughan, “Drawing of a seated male nude,” 1949 (The estate of Keith Vaughan) If a novel gains its reader’s regard but not her affection, does she like it? Can …





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Improbable Outcomes  

Some Trick: Thirteen Stories by Helen DeWitt New Directions, 2018, 224 pp.   Some Trick is Helen DeWitt’s third book. That is to say, her third published book. She has written dozens of others that haven’t made it from her …



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Trickle-Down Urbanism  

For all his differences with his predecessor, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has inherited the same fundamental dilemmas that faced Michael Bloomberg—and much of the billionaire’s approach to resolving them.



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Edifices of Empire  

Capitalism, from its very beginning, was twinned with racism. Two books describe how these two forces emerged together, at the same moment in the unfolding of Western political economy.





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Dic Lit  

In his survey of the writing of dictators, Daniel Kalder is so dismissive of the tyrants’ actual ideas that it becomes difficult to understand why they had any power in the first place.



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Normcore  

Channeling the anti-Trump #Resistance, a slew of recent books seeks to reduce democracy to a defense of political “norms.” But overcoming today’s crisis will take more political imagination.





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Demographic Delusions  

Leftists have reason to be optimistic, not because demographics will save us, but because a growing number of progressives are rediscovering the value of good old-fashioned organizing.



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