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"If we’re serious about civilian control of the military — and we should be as citizens — then we ought to have a bona f...
12/14/2020
Andrew Bacevich on Why Retired General and Raytheon Official Lloyd Austin Should Not Head Pentagon

"If we’re serious about civilian control of the military — and we should be as citizens — then we ought to have a bona fide civilian in charge of the Pentagon."

Metropolitan author Andrew Bacevich for Democracy Now! on President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for defense secretary:

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/12/11/joe_biden_lloyd_austin_pentagon

Joe Biden’s nominee for defense secretary, retired four-star Army General Lloyd Austin, would make history as the first African American to lead the Pentagon if confirmed by the Senate. But Austin can only be confirmed if he secures a waiver from Congress due to laws designed to preserve the civil...

"It seems strange to me that people spoke so much of authoritarianism under Trump when what we’ve been seeing for years ...
12/10/2020
“Almost the Complete Opposite of Fascism”

"It seems strange to me that people spoke so much of authoritarianism under Trump when what we’ve been seeing for years now, including the Trump years, is political impotence, the absence of political will. And without the left getting its act together, I don’t see that changing any time soon."

In case you missed Metropolitan author Corey Robin for Jewish Currents:

https://jewishcurrents.org/almost-the-complete-opposite-of-fascism/

A conversation with Corey Robin on the surprisingly weak presidency of Donald Trump

“The bus drivers never came before the bankers before.”Metropolitan author Atul Gawande for The New Yorker on the challe...
12/04/2020
Atul Gawande on Coronavirus Vaccines and Prospects for Ending the Pandemic

“The bus drivers never came before the bankers before.”

Metropolitan author Atul Gawande for The New Yorker on the challenges of vaccine rollout in a deeply divided society:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-new-yorker-interview/atul-gawande-on-coronavirus-vaccines-and-prospects-for-ending-the-pandemic

The New Yorker staff writer, now a member of President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, discusses when a vaccine might be ready for distribution, who should receive it, and whether eradicating the virus is possible.

This Saturday, December 5 at 11pm ET, tune in to BookTV on C-SPAN2 for Metropolitan author Astra Taylor's invigorating c...
12/03/2020
Author Discussion on Democracy in America

This Saturday, December 5 at 11pm ET, tune in to BookTV on C-SPAN2 for Metropolitan author Astra Taylor's invigorating conversation with Angela Davis on the fight for democracy today. Haymarket Books https://www.c-span.org/video/?477137-1/author-discussion-democracy-america

Activist and writer Angela Davis and journalist Astra Taylor examined what is democracy and what it means today. This virtual event was sponsored by Haymarket Books and Jacobin magazine.

"It looked like a long face plant from the penthouse—except it wasn’t."Metropolitan author Quinn Slobodian for New State...
12/02/2020
Donald Trump is once more walking away from failure at a profit

"It looked like a long face plant from the penthouse—except it wasn’t."

Metropolitan author Quinn Slobodian for New Statesman:

https://www.newstatesman.com/world/north-america/2020/12/donald-trump-once-more-walking-away-failure-profit

At the end of history, Donald Trump appeared to be going bankrupt. As the Cold War came to a bloodless finale on the rubble of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the tycoon was presiding over a dissolving empire. Having entered the club of billionaires a year or so earlier, by August 1990, Trump owed $3.2bn t...

"To me, populism means a mass, multiracial coalition of workers coming together for economic democracy....It drove me cr...
11/30/2020
Anti-Populism with Thomas Frank - The Dig

"To me, populism means a mass, multiracial coalition of workers coming together for economic democracy....It drove me crazy when people started using 'populism' as shorthand for racial demagoguery."

For The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin magazine, Metropolitan authors Astra Taylor and Thomas Frank discuss Tom's scorching history of anti-populism, THE PEOPLE, NO:

https://www.thedigradio.com/podcast/anti-populism-with-thomas-frank/

Guest host Astra Taylor interviews Thomas Frank about his book The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism. From The Dig archives on populism: Universalizing American Liberty with Aziz Rana ...

We are so thrilled that The Guardian has named all three Metropolitan graphic novels of 2020—DRAGMAN by Steven Appleby, ...
11/30/2020
Best comics and graphic novels of 2020

We are so thrilled that The Guardian has named all three Metropolitan graphic novels of 2020—DRAGMAN by Steven Appleby, Joe Sacco's PAYING THE LAND, and WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan—to their best-of, year-end list:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/28/best-comics-and-graphic-novels-of-2020

An award-winning tale of rival ice-cream sellers, a migrant Syrian family’s experiences of the US and a superhero in drag are just some of the highlights

"Debt, [Graeber] wrote, is 'a promise corrupted by both math and violence.' What other types of promises might we make t...
11/24/2020
How the Biden Administration Can Free Americans from Student Debt

"Debt, [Graeber] wrote, is 'a promise corrupted by both math and violence.' What other types of promises might we make to one another and strive to honor? And, in order to do that, what promises might we have to renegotiate or refuse?"

Don't miss Astra Taylor's stellar essay on debt in The New Yorker:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/essay/how-the-biden-administration-can-free-americans-from-student-debt

In the anthropologist David Graeber’s view, the balance sheet must periodically be wiped clean, to free us from debt as an economic burden and as an ideology that distorts our interactions.

"Populism is a great thing, a hopeful thing. Populism is when ordinary people come together and work for economic democr...
11/20/2020
Don’t Believe Anything You Were Told About Populism

"Populism is a great thing, a hopeful thing. Populism is when ordinary people come together and work for economic democracy. That’s the definition of the word, and it's something that we should be aspiring to, not something that we should fear and stamp out.”

Metropolitan author Thomas Frank discusses his latest book THE PEOPLE, NO with Robert Scheer for Scheer Intelligence:

https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/scheer-intelligence/dont-believe-anything-you-were-told-about-populism

Thomas Frank examines the history of American populism, and how it was distorted by Democrats and co-opted by Republicans.

"Long before I knew that I would become a writer, I was carrying the stories of other refugees with me."A poetic convers...
11/19/2020
[110] Kao Kalia Yang, author of Somewhere in the Unknown World | Feminist Book Club

"Long before I knew that I would become a writer, I was carrying the stories of other refugees with me."

A poetic conversation with Kao Kalia Yang and Feminist Book Club on Kalia's stunning new book, SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD:

https://www.feministbookclub.com/somewhere-in-the-unknown-world/

Kao Kalia Yang, author of the new collective refugee memoir Somewhere in the Unknown World, speaks with Feminist Book Club on this podcast episode.

"Mitch McConnell is not the president, and his influence must be diminished as much as possible, which will require Bide...
11/17/2020
We're being told Biden won't be able to achieve much. We must reject that idea | Astra Taylor

"Mitch McConnell is not the president, and his influence must be diminished as much as possible, which will require Biden to do something not in his nature – fight Republicans."

Astra Taylor for The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/16/joe-biden-presidency-political-system

If Joe Biden is going to accomplish anything, we need to start thinking differently about power and our political system

This is tonight! At 7pm EST, join Metropolitan author Kao Kalia Yang and publisher of McSweeney's Amanda Uhle as they di...
11/17/2020
At Home with Literati: Kao Kalia Yang & Amanda Uhle | Literati Bookstore®

This is tonight! At 7pm EST, join Metropolitan author Kao Kalia Yang and publisher of McSweeney's Amanda Uhle as they discuss Kalia's "delicate," "affecting," "essential" new book SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD. Hosted by Literati Bookstore: https://www.literatibookstore.com/event/home-literati-kao-kalia-yang-amanda-uhle

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At 4pm CST today, join Kao Kalia Yang, the International Rescue Committee, and Immigration History Research Center Archi...
11/16/2020
Book Launch of Kao Kalia Yang's Somewhere in the Unknown World

At 4pm CST today, join Kao Kalia Yang, the International Rescue Committee, and Immigration History Research Center Archives at the University of Minnesota as they launch Kalia's gorgeous new book SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD, a collection of real refugee stories: https://cla.umn.edu/ihrc/events/book-launch-kao-kalia-yangs-somewhere-unknown-world

Join the IHRC and the International Rescue Committee to celebrate the launch of award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang’s new book Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir (Metropolitan Books, 2020.)

"If the blue wave has proved almost as illusionary as the blue wall four years ago, it is because centrist Democrats, as...
11/13/2020
Mike Davis · Short Cuts: Rio Grande Valley Republicans · LRB 7 November 2020

"If the blue wave has proved almost as illusionary as the blue wall four years ago, it is because centrist Democrats, as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren constantly warned during the primary debates, have refused to learn the lessons of 2016."

Metropolitan author Mike Davis for London Review of Books:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v42/n22/mike-davis/short-cuts

Mainstream Democrats have had more than a generation to respond to the simple question: what will you do to increase job...

Kao Kalia Yang's SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD "produced, for me, an enormous feeling of gratitude for America at its b...
11/13/2020
Great new book produces pride and empathy for America

Kao Kalia Yang's SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD "produced, for me, an enormous feeling of gratitude for America at its best. I don’t know of another book that is so timely for families to read together."

Such a nice piece in The Monticello Times!

https://www.hometownsource.com/monticello_times/opinion/columnists/great-new-book-produces-pride-and-empathy-for-america/article_5b2ec25e-252f-11eb-8d04-afdde403d76f.html

Think about a time when you felt most proud of the U.S. What produced that emotion? Was it a book, play, new law, election or invention? (Several people I questioned

Excited for this! Tonight, 5pm MT, Tattered Cover virtually hosts Metro author Kao Kalia Yang with acclaimed journalist ...
11/13/2020
Live Stream with Kao Kalia Yang in conversation with Sarah Smarsh - Somewhere in the Unknown World | Tattered Cover Book Store

Excited for this! Tonight, 5pm MT, Tattered Cover virtually hosts Metro author Kao Kalia Yang with acclaimed journalist Sarah Smarsh for a discussion of Kalia's just-published SOMEWHERE IN THE UNKNOWN WORLD, a collection of refugee stories that's "an essential book of poetic beauty and social witness." RSVP now: https://www.tatteredcover.com/event/live-stream-kao-kalia-yang-conversation-sarah-smarsh-somewhere-unknown-world

  A Collection of Honest Stories from Refugees; A Memoir Book Talk All over this country, there are refugees. But beyond the headlines, few know who they are, how they live, or what they have lost. Although Minnesota is not known for its diversity, the state has welcomed more refugees per capita th...

"Superbly entertaining and vastly informative"—Washington Post "Much anticipated...impressively thorough"—The New York T...
11/11/2020
The Europeans | Orlando Figes | Macmillan

"Superbly entertaining and vastly informative"
—Washington Post

"Much anticipated...impressively thorough"
—The New York Times Books

"Magisterial"
—The Guardian

We celebrate Orlando Figes's spectacular work of history THE EUROPEANS: THREE LIVES AND THE MAKING OF A COSMOPOLITAN CULTURE, out this week in paperback:

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781627792141

From the “master of historical narrative” (Financial Times), a dazzling, richly detailed, panoramic work—the first to document the genesis of a contine...

We're so pleased that THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR ON PALESTINE by Rashid Khalidi won the 2020 Palestine Book Award in the aca...
11/10/2020
Winners of 2020 Palestine Book Awards announced

We're so pleased that THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR ON PALESTINE by Rashid Khalidi won the 2020 Palestine Book Award in the academic category. (Middle East Monitor)

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201106-winners-of-2020-palestine-book-awards-announced/

The winners of this year's Palestine Book Awards (PBA) were announced yesterday following another year of strong submissions. Judges sifted through 38 books covering a number of genres. Due to the c...

"Our country’s toboggan ride to hell will never stop until a Democratic president faces up to his party’s mistakes and b...
11/10/2020
Ding-dong, the jerk is gone. But read this before you sing the Hallelujah Chorus | Thomas Frank

"Our country’s toboggan ride to hell will never stop until a Democratic president faces up to his party’s mistakes and brings to a halt the ignoble experiment of the last four decades. Should Joe Biden do that, he might be able to see that he has before him a moment of great Democratic possibility."

Metropolitan author Thomas Frank for The Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/07/trump-defeat-election

Trump’s defeat is a time for celebrating – let us praise God for victory. But let us also show some humility in our triumph, and think about how we got here

"How do societies that commit monstrous atrocities recover from them?....Chock-full of colorful anecdotes and charismati...
11/10/2020
When Democracy Ails, Magic Thrives

"How do societies that commit monstrous atrocities recover from them?....Chock-full of colorful anecdotes and charismatic figures, A Demon-Haunted Land not only offers a brilliant rethinking of postwar German history, but also asks us to see the irrational as an integral part of modernity."

Boston Review on the spooky new book by Monica Black (out next week!):

https://bostonreview.net/politics/samuel-clowes-huneke-when-democracy-ails-magic-thrives

West German witchcraft trials after World War II reveal how political rupture can fuel magical thinking. What lessons might we draw for our own age of QAnon conspiracies, anti-vaccination, and strange COVID-19 cures?

We're thrilled—and relieved—at yesterday's news that President-elect Joe Biden has named stalwart Metropolitan author At...
11/10/2020
Highlights from the Transition: Biden Announces Coronavirus Task Force, and McConnell Backs Trump’s Refusal to Concede

We're thrilled—and relieved—at yesterday's news that President-elect Joe Biden has named stalwart Metropolitan author Atul Gawande to the newly-formed, much-needed Covid-19 task force.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/09/us/joe-biden-trump

Senator Mitch McConnell did not contradict President Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen from him, and the attorney general gave prosecutors authority to investigate claims of voter fraud. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. unveiled the 13 members his coronavirus task force.

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