Portraits of Empire

This review appears in our Fall 2021 issue. Subscribe now to receive a copy in your mailbox. Discussed in this essay: Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, by George W. Bush. Crown, 2021. 208 pages. NOVEMBER 7th, 2020, was a day of public exuberance in the United States. Friends and family across the country exchanged videos of […]

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Auschwitz-Birkenau, A Guided Tour for American Students

Translated from the Russian by Valzhyna Mort (English follows the Russian, below.) “To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric,” philosopher Theodor Adorno famously wrote. To which poet Paul Celan (in Pierre Joris’s translation) retorted: “What concept of the ‘poem’ is being presented here? The arrogance of the one who dares hypothetically-speculatively to contemplate or poetically describe […]

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