Editors’ Picks: Books We’re Falling For

October 2014

The new books our staffers are loving this autumn.

Tom Engelhardt: Edward Snowden and the Golden Age of Spying

October 2014

An interview with director Laura Poitras.

Tana Wojczuk: Gone Girl, Bluebeard, and the Meaning of Marriage

October 2014

A response to Elif Batuman’s “Marriage is an Abduction.”

Laura Gottesdiener: A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie)

October 2014

Life inside the boom.

Peter Van Buren: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

October 2014

Seven worst-case scenarios in the battle with the Islamic State.

Dana Goldstein: How Should a Teacher Be?

October 2014

Lara Zarum interviews the author of "The Teacher Wars" on the history of education reform and the future of teaching.

Vijay Parthasarathy: Iron Fist, Silver Tongue

October 2014

Consider this practical advice before running a successful dictatorship.

William J. Astore: Investing in Junk Armies

October 2014

Why American efforts to create foreign armies fail.

Robert Reich: Less Money for Public Universities

October 2014

Why government spends more per pupil at elite private universities than at public ones.

Roslyn Bernstein: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s “New York: Assembled Realities”

October 2014

Liao’s panoramic images of the city appear to be documentary. In fact, nothing is true.

Erik Wennermark: City of Protest

October 2014

In Hong Kong, participatory democracy fights the forces of inertia and autocracy.

Richard Falk: Sweden Moves to Recognize Palestine

October 2014

What's the use of diplomatic recognition?

Rob Spillman: Is This the Real Life?

October 2014

Readpolitik: The real political choices in Ben Lerner’s 10:04 and Jeffery Renard Allen’s Song of the Shank

Robert Faturechi: Mysterious Campaign Appears to be the Latest Salvo in Battle Over Net Neutrality

October 2014

The FCC considers how to regulate Internet provider and the telecom industry’s campaign encompasses everything from art installations to LOLcats

Michael Klare: Obama’s New Oil Wars

October 2014

Washington wields the oil weapon.

Richard Flanagan: More Corpses Than Words

October 2014

The author of Booker-shortlisted novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North talks with Dwyer Murphy about the Death Railway, family history, and the trouble with empathy.

Katherine Hill: May, Monrovia

October 2014

Notes from the eve of an epidemic.

Ben Steele: Russia’s Violent Intolerance

October 2014

Lara Zarum talks to Steele, director of the documentary Hunted, about his experience following Russia’s brutal anti-gay vigilante groups.

Tom Engelhardt: ISIS in Washington

October 2014

America’s soundtrack of hysteria.

Pepe Escobar: Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington out of Eurasia?

October 2014

The future of a Beijing-Moscow-Berlin alliance.

Megan McCloskey: Head of Flawed Effort to ID Missing Soldiers Loses Job

October 2014

The Pentagon overhauls its identification process.

Robert Reich: Why We Allow Big Pharma to Rip Us Off

October 2014

America spends a fortune on drugs, more per person than any other nation on earth.

Erik Wennermark: Will the Center Hold?

October 2014

As protests continue in Hong Kong, pro-Beijing forces threaten the movement for self-determination.

Erik Wennermark: Sorry for Inconveniencing You! Thank You for a Better Future!

October 2014

Dispatch from Hong Kong's Occupy Central.

Todd Gitlin: A Change in the Climate

October 2014

The climate movement steps up.

A.C. Thompson: In Protecting the Elderly, California at Last Takes Steps to Catch Up

October 2014

California, which has loosely regulated the assisted living industry for years, adopts measures that give advocates for the elderly modest hope.

Shazia Yousuf: The Hidden Damage

October 2014

In the 1990s, as Kashmiri men fighting Indian occupation were tortured and killed, Kashmiri women silently suffered through a different kind of war.

Michael Grabell: Temp Land, California

October 2014

Employers will be legally responsible if their temp agencies and subcontractors put workers at risk or withhold wages.

Robert Reich: Why the Economy is Still Failing Most Americans

October 2014

Who really creates jobs?

Tom Engelhardt: Failure Is Success

October 2014

How American intelligence works in the 21st century.