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The Jewish Authenticity Trap

New York Review of Books

Anahid Nersessian
A Vivisectional Style

A new biography of John Donne argues for the sensuality and strangeness of both his work and his life.

Lucy Sante
Models for Being

A meditative essay on friendship weaves through Hua Hsu’s memoir, which is also about youth, Asian identity, zines, time, education, California, mixtapes, and more.

Sara Lipton
The Jewish Authenticity Trap

This fierce, often insightful cri de coeur presents a strangely selective picture of Jewishness, cropping a rich, messy, diverse, and complex history to fit into a tightly focused frame.

Sithens in a Net

a poem by 
April Bernard

What we try to snag and hold fast
of laughter, wood smoke, but especially
the necessary ignorance

to go forward, to trust…

Reginald Dwayne Betts and Serhiy Zhadan
Holding a Gun

An exchange of letters between Reginald Dwayne Betts and Serhiy Zhadan, lyrical writers of the tough places they come from.

Free from the Archives

Thirty-nine years ago today, impelled perhaps by the launch of Apple’s Lisa computer in January 1983, Bill Gates unveiled Windows 1.0, Microsoft’s first operating system with a graphical user interface. It wasn’t released to the public for another two years, when it was met with a decidedly mixed reception. (A 1986 review in The New York Times said that multitasking on the system was “akin to pouring molasses in the Arctic. And the more windows you activate, the more sluggishly it performs.”)

Ten years later, shortly after the blockbuster success of Windows 95, the fourth iteration of Microsoft’s flagship OS, Bill Gates published his first book, The Road Ahead. As James Fallows observed in a comprehensive survey of Silicon Valley for the February 15, 1996, issue of the Review, developments in technology had accelerated so rapidly that Microsoft faced a world wildly different from the one in which Gates had written the book in 1993 and 1994, and unrecognizable from the one in which he launched Windows 1.0.

James Fallows
Caught in the Web

“As with other products that profoundly changed daily life—the automobile, TV—the computer has assumed so powerful a position that it is provoking second thoughts. Gates must have sensed that the next round of public questions about computers would not be, ‘How do they work?’ or ‘How big is yours?’ but ‘Are they good for society?’ or, ‘In what ways might they be bad?’”


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