Arts & Entertainment

A More Perfect Disunion

If the NYROB is publishing articles on pan-secessionism by an Ivy League academic, it is an indication that elite opinion is now starting to take the idea seriously.

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Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson
These Disunited States

It is time to consider a radical solution to stave off the prospect of political violence and even civil war in the US.

Deborah Eisenberg
Their Glorious Façades

Gavin Lambert’s novel The Goodby People captures the serious disorientation of 1960s Los Angeles.

Anthony Grafton
How to Cast a Metal Lizard

The knowledge that underpins our world of things has been discovered over centuries, produced as the result of collaboration and generally unrecorded. How does a historian overcome these obstacles?

Sophie Pinkham
Immune to Despair

In his novels, rock songs, and social activism, Serhiy Zhadan has long been a builder of bridges in Ukraine, an essential figure in a bitterly divided landscape.

Martin Filler
Xanadu’s Architect

Despite designing over seven hundred buildings, the pioneering female architect Julia Morgan is now best known for a single, extremely eccentric commission: San Simeon, the estate of the legendary newspaper proprietor William Randolph Hearst.

Little Emperor of Solstice

a poem by
Wendy Xu

Doing this and that, further shredded by ribbons
I’m your inner child from before
the procedure of ambition

Free from the Archives

The writer and activist Barbara Ehrenreich died on September 1, aged eighty-one. Early in her career, she worked as an analyst for the Health Policy Advisory Center, and in the Review’s December 17, 1970, issue, she and her then husband, John Ehrenreich, wrote a thorough indictment of the American health-care system. Surveying data about the insurance and medical industries, they denounced the high costs of medical care, the impersonal commodification of hospitals, and the fact that, disproportionately, “old people, the poor, the blacks are often sick, and, conversely, the sick are often old, poor, and/or black.” Their recommendation: “That health care should not be a commodity, to be bought by ‘consumers’ and sold by ‘providers,’ but should be free at the point of delivery.”

Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich
The Medical-Industrial Complex

“The crisis in health care is nothing new, except that the stakes—health, beauty, and life itself—get higher with each advance in medical technology, from miracle vaccines to organ transplants. The odds against the sick are high, and getting higher all the time.”


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