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  • The Electric New Novel In Our Mad and Furious City Paints a Must-Read Portrait of London

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 130

    Novels that display a command of a particular voice as their most distinct feature can often fail by the same token, feeling like mere ventriloquism. This is decidedly not the case with Guy Gunaratne’s brilliant and inventive debut In Our Mad and Furious City, which uses a chorus of distinct voices from within London’s “council estates” (public housing)

  • Too Funny to Fail: TV That Was Too Funny for Its Time

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 156

    When he left Saturday Night Live in 1993, Dana Carvey was at the top of the entertainment industry. His new sketch-comedy show on ABC would be bolstered by rising talents like Louis CK, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. What could go wrong? Everything, obviously. Hulu's new documentary Too Funny to Fail examines the almost instantaneous collapse of The Dana Carvey

  • Pattinson Packs a Punch In Good Time

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 164

    In the early minutes of Josh and Benny Safdie's Good Time, we meet Nick Nikas (Benny Safdie), a sullen young man who clearly suffers from some kind of intellectual disability, as he's being quizzed by a kindly mental-health practitioner. Nick wears a hearing aid. His words come slowly--his pillowy lips can barely form them--and his eyes seem shut off from the world

  • Review: Spinster by Kate Bolick

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 224

    In 1892, Elizabeth Cady Stanton delivered a famous speech called “The Solitude of Self.” At 77, Stanton was retiring as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She declared, “No matter how women prefer to lean, to be protected and supported, nor how much men desire to have them do so, they must make the voyage of life alone.” Equal

  • With #MosqueMeToo, Muslim Women Are Speaking Out About Abuse

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 161

    Using the hashtag #MosqueMeToo, Muslim women have begun to speak up online about sexual abuse experienced while on the hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and in other religious spaces like mosques. Here’s more. An unidentified Pakistani woman took to Facebook in February to write about the repeated sexual harassment she encountered while on the hajj in Mecca

  • Turkey Threatens Its Alliance With Russia After Charging Into Syria

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 162

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn’t happy with the West. He’s angry at the Trump Administration, because it refuses to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a former preacher now living in Pennsylvania whom Erdogan accuses of treachery and treason. He is also infuriated by the fact that the U.S. has chosen to partner with Syrian Kurds in the fight against

  • Winnie the Pooh and Homer Too

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 189

    Chinese censors temporarily restricted images and mentions of Winnie the Pooh on social-media platforms WeChat and Weibo after some users compared the honey-loving bear to President Xi Jinping. The Kenya Film Classification Board in June prohibited showings of a number of animated programs, including The Legend of Korra, Hey Arnold! and Adventure Time, claiming

  • Big Plans for China's New Silk Road

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 186

    The $46 billion road, rail and energy project will span 2,000 miles between China's westernmost city of Kashgar and Pakistan's Gwadar Port, cutting the transport time from 12 days to 36 hours. However, India fiercely opposes the route through disputed Kashmir. This $250 million dry port on the China-Kazakhstan border will open up untapped Central Asian

  • Are Chinese Students Cheating to Get Into U.S. Colleges?

    November 30, 0002 12:00 AM 229

    Xu Qing did everything you are supposed to do if you’re a mainland Chinese student who wants to get into a U.S. university. The 18-year-old former figure skater made it into one of the best public high schools in Beijing and kept her grades up. She spent hours streaming episodes of the teen drama Gossip Girl so that her American accent would be prep-school-perfect