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[Salon Books] Rubio’s doomed attack: Laughable strategy to beat Donald Trump at his own game is DOA
About a month ago, the Washington Post’s Jim Tankersley tried his hand at explaining the rise of Donald Trump. Relying on a Washington Post-ABC News poll and this nifty “interactive” from the Wall Street Journal, Tankersley made a straightforward argument, one that you’ve likely heard by now

[Salon Books] Let’s all laugh at the GOP’s “Mitt Romney will save us” plan
What happens if nothing stops Donald Trump? He’s ahead in the polls just about everywhere, he has three wins to his name and a commanding lead in the delegate race, and there seems to be no gaffe that is powerful enough to halt him. He went on national TV this weekend and begged off the

[Salon Books] No, Bernie Sanders’ moment isn’t over: Why his gargantuan impact can’t be erased by a Super Tuesday drubbing
For most of the past year, the traditional media has waged a determined campaign to pretend the Democratic presidential primary doesn’t exist. (The DNC certainly did its best to help with that effort.) Bernie Sanders upended that studied neglect by raising more money that any presidential hopeful

[Salon Books] The GOP is the straight, white, Christian party: This is why Donald Trump is winning — and why I left a party of intolerance and hate
Last week, just before the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, the state's Indian-American governor, Nikki Haley, joined Tim Scott, the state’s African-American senator, to endorse one of the two Hispanic Republican candidates for president, Marco Rubio. Judging from that political

[Salon Books] Today’s GOP candidates make Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush look like saints during this 1980 GOP debate about immigration
The Republican party hasn't always been so cruel when it comes to undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush actually used the words "sensitivity," "understanding," and "open borders" when talking about immigration during a GOP debate in 1980. Their

[Salon Books] Thanks for nothing, Elizabeth Warren: How the Democratic Party’s rock star missed her chance, hurt the progressive agenda
Elizabeth Warren could have been the biggest political story of 2016. Well, at least, the biggest story other than Donald Trump. Right now, she could have been coasting toward a Super Tuesday landslide and locking up the Democratic nomination. It doesn't take a wild imagination to picture it.

[The Millions] Theaters of the Mind: Radio & Literature
In one scene from Americana, Don DeLillo’s 1971 debut novel, narrator David Bell turns off a light and turns on a radio: Sound filled the room, huge noise, bass and drums booming out of the speaker, beating and scratching, then the sting of a fierce needling trumpet. In the darkness that

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day; Harrison; Jackson; Gioia; Barrett; Reeves; Ng
Out this week: The Ancient Minstrel by Jim Harrison; Prodigals by Greg Jackson; 99 Poems: New and Selected by Dana Gioia; Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett; Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves; and Slow Boat to China by Kim Chew Ng. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great

[Salon Books] A 12-year-old is facing criminal charges for using these three emojis
A 12-year-old from Fairfax, Va., was charged with threatening her school after she posted a gun, bomb and knife emoji on Instagram, police said. And a New York City grand jury recently had to decide whether 👮 🔫 was a true threat to police officers. Emoji is the fastest growing

[Salon Books] Seth Meyers on Trump, Rubio and “the whitest round of snaps”: “Make a dick joke on the campaign trail, you’re the dick”
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers last night took a "Closer Look" at Donald Trump and the unending melodrama taking place around him. Meyers first noted Rubio's recent attempts "to beat Trump at his own game -- which led to the whitest round of snaps ever played." Regarding Rubio's slight against the

[Salon Books] Stephen Colbert isn’t laughing at Trump anymore: “This is the easiest question to answer in American politics”
With Super Tuesday on the horizon, "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert took one final look at candidate Donald Trump before he surely becomes Republican nominee Donald Trump. However, Trump's refusal to disavow David Duke and the KKK could nullify his one-way ticket to the nomination. "Trump needs

[Salon Books] Samantha Bee lets smug liberals have it — and she’s right: “If you didn’t vote in 2010, you built” Trump and Tea Party
"Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee returned last night to discuss the phenomenon wherein "presidential elections are like children -- they're all the most important" according to the candidates running in them. "The most important election of your lifetime wasn't 2008. It was two whole years later,

[Salon Books] “I’m not saying that Donald Trump is a fascist…” — but Trevor Noah comes pretty damn close
"Daily Show" host Trevor Noah has good news for those of us who've found ourselves disillusioned by the democratic process in this endlessly frustrating election cycle: "There's an alternative -- fascism." And what candidate better exemplifies a fascist agenda than chest-thumping nationalist Donald

[Salon Books] Debating Glenn Greenwald was like “looking the devil in the eye,” ex-NSA chief Michael Hayden details distaste for media in new book
Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden really does not like journalists. At least, that's what his new book, "Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror," appears to suggest. In the book, Hayden disparagingly calls legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh a "chaser of

[Salon Books] Hillary vs. Trump should scare Democrats: Why this isn’t the cake walk you’re probably hoping it will be
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[Salon Books] John Oliver demolishes Trump, finally: Here’s why his self-funded, business-savvy, tough-talking campaign is a lie
For a political comedian who came up through “The Daily Show,” John Oliver has been oddly silent – for the most part -- on the presidential race. He’s done great bits on gun control, on abortion, on the difficulty of refugees coming to the United States, and dozens of other topics. Last

[Salon Books] Donald Trump has dropped the GOP’s mask: Conservatism and racism now officially the same thing
Donald Trump is the preferred candidate of white supremacists. Online and in other spaces, they have anointed him their champion in the 2016 presidential race. When asked about this on CNN, Donald Trump deflected, bobbed, weaved and dissembled: "Just so you understand, I don't know anything about

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump is making Clinton's case
Trump represents the best hope since Watergate to destroy the wanker party

[Salon Books] Megyn Kelly destroys Donald Trump for lying about not being able to hear questions about David Duke and white supremacists
On "The Kelly File" Monday night, host Megyn Kelly spoke to Donald Trump spokeswoman extraordinaire Katrina Pierson, who continued her vain effort to claim that her boss didn't say what he clearly what said to Jake Tapper Sunday morning. "What I don't understand," Kelly asked, "is why he just didn't

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Gawker staff negotiate first union contract in digital media
Buzzfeed reports that the New York Times has off-the-record tape of Donald Trump, who hopes to consolidate his lead in the race for the GOP nomination today, suggesting that his views on immigration may be less rigid than those he has expressed in public. Rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are

[Salon Books] David Brooks has lost his mind, again: Everything he doesn’t understand about the GOP and Donald Trump’s new “movement”
B.F. Skinner once told me that he hadn’t responded to Noam Chomsky’s attack on his book Verbal Behavior because he had seen it as a screed against a movement—Methodological Behaviorism—that Skinner did not feel a part of and had no interest in defending. I thought of that this morning as I

[Salon Books] Megyn Kelly shames Mike Huckabee into admitting he “simply doesn’t know” why Trump didn’t disavow David Duke and the KKK
Also on "The Kelly File" Monday evening, Megyn Kelly spoke to former Arkansas governor and current Trump supporter Mike Huckabee, asking him why other Republicans aren't condemning Donald Trump in the kind of strong language the otherwise milquetoast Mitt Romney used on Twitter:

[Salon Books] The most terrifying Trump endorsement yet suggests blackmailing Mexico with the PATRIOT Act
I mentioned yesterday that Trump had secured the endorsements of the most notorious bullies, racists and xenophobes in the country. Going into Super Tuesday, he doesn't need super-delegates, he's got the Super-bigots: Senator Jeff Sessions, Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Former KKK Grand

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themAre you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s blog.

[The Millions] James Baldwin, the Expat
Over at Buzzfeed, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah travels to James Baldwin’s home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, and explores his life as an expat. She writes, “Baldwin left the States for the primary reason that all emigrants do — because anywhere seems better than home.” Pair with Justin

[Salon Books] Poor, desperate Ben Carson: “At some point, the people have to wake up — but when is that going to happen?”
Retired neurosurgeon and long-shot Republican hopeful Ben Carson went on "Fox & Friends" this morning and said that he would not exit the race because he has many followers on social media who insist that he's their only hope -- "at some people, the people have to wake up," he said, before asking

[The Millions] People Truly Engaged in Life Have Messy Houses
The Guardian interviews Year in Reading alumna Ottessa Moshfegh about her writing life, noir fiction, and her novel Eileen. As she puts it, “I’m interested in taking establishment genre and turning it on its head. I didn’t really set out to write a noir novel and I don’t know if I exactly

[Guardian Books Blog] Welsh-language literature tells a local, but universal story
With a relatively small audience, Welsh writing is nonetheless full of energy and invention – and grappling with cultural questions that we all face, writes the next national poet of WalesWe live in a world of plural identities – and Wales is no exception. I live in Caernarfon. The young man who

[NYT] A New Closeup for a Morgan Library Treasure
The Morgan Library & Museum is displaying the Lindau Gospels in a new light.

[The Millions] Telling the Truth
“There is no such thing as a true story. I know this because my daughter insists I told her to put her dirty dishes in the sink when I know I told her to put them in the dishwasher.” Over at The Rumpus, Ellen Urbani writes about telling the truth.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: LGBT Literary Event

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Depend on your address
Rip-snortin', copyfightin', surveillance-hatin' no-foolin'

[Guardian Books Blog] Translation Tuesday: excerpt from The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou
Celebrate translation with this extract from the latest novel by Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou, winner of the French Voices Grand Prize 2016By Alain Mabanckou and Helen Stevenson for Translation Tuesdays by Asymptote, part of the Guardian Books NetworkMy father was a small man, two heads shorter

[NYT] Toni Morrison Wins PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Lifetime Achievement
Ms. Morrison's prize comes with a $25,000 award.

[The Millions] Performing the Trick
Chloe N. Clark writes about magical reveals in fiction. As she explains it, “authors, like magicians, need to know when the best moment to pull back the curtain is.” Pair with this Millions essay on using light and a full palette of color to paint fiction.

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Good on Paper by Rachel Cantor
"Translation requires, and generates, a rare kind of intimacy," says the narrator of Rachel Cantor's novel Good on Paper. "Like sex done right, I've always thought.… You had to want to get close."

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The drama of journalism
We've talked endlessly about the future of journalism

[The Millions] Plea of Innocence
Recommended Reading: On the ethics of self-publishing or: Can a convicted serial killer publish his version of the story?

[The Millions] Confining Roberto Bolaño’s ‘2666’ to the Stage
Reading Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, or perhaps any masterwork of its scope, like War and Peace, one experiences a sequence of intellectual, emotional, and bodily responses. They are, at least in part: Wonder at the impossible genius of the author, who can sense, with panopticon vision, the authentic

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The dangerous election
Taking the Trump threat very, very seriously

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The Awl has a new editor
The New Yorker’s long-serving managing editor, Silvia Killingsworth, will be taking over as editor of the Awl, and while she’s at it, will be in charge of a relaunch of the Hairpin. Nine writers, including Helen Garner, C. E. Morgan, and Hilton Als, received one of Yale’s Windham-Campbell

[The Millions] From Page to Screen
Some of the most revered literary novels that have appeared in recent years will be adapted for television. Jonathon Sturgeon writes for Flavorwire, “What do we call this new relationship between prestige and streaming TV and the literary novel? The two now shape each other in peculiar, formal

[Guardian Books Blog] 'How can they write about anything but pain?' The writing life in Afghanistan
Emerging Afghan writer Fazilhaq Hashimi looks back at an upbringing surrounded by war, even in language – and reclaims his country’s past status as the land of poetry, story-telling, fables and folktalesBy Fazilhaq Hashimi for The Writing Life Around the World from Electric Literature, part of

[The Millions] Beware of the Gatekeepers
“The problem, however, lies in the fact that, whenever these labels are internalized by those in positions of power, they flatten a writer’s experiences. They shrink someone to just a sliver of his or her identity.” On the limited opportunities for writers of color.

[The Millions] When We Were Young
Over at the Catapult, Nicole Chung has launched a series on adoption, featuring essays by Megan Galbraith and James Han Mattson. You could also check out Matthew Salesses’s Millions essay on inciting incidents and new beginnings as an adoptee.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Neil Young, We Gather Together

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Moment isn't over
The forgotten truth

[Salon Books] Time off for cramps: Can we make period workplace policies that are fair to women?
Bristol based company Coexist will soon offer a “period policy” to its female employees, allowing them to take time off during their menstrual cycle as a way, they say, of increasing productivity. Coexist director Bex Baxter told the Bristol Post: I have managed many female members of staff over

[Salon Books] Cop and 2 family members arrested for stabbing Arab teen in California, allegedly for speaking Arabic
Authorities are investigating the brutal attack on an Arab teenager and his brother-in-law in Huntington Beach, California on Sunday. Seventeen-year-old Karam Jarrah, who was stabbed twice, believes he was assaulted for speaking Arabic, local ABC affiliate KABC reports. An Illinois cop was among

[Salon Books] How to win the post-Super Tuesday revolution: Where Bernie Sanders & the American Left go from here
Bernie Sanders’s unexpected success has prompted the American left to consider something rather novel: the possibility of actually governing. The brutal rout in the South and failure to win by yuuuge margins in the Super Tuesday states where he is strong, however, highlight obstacles standing in


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