Donald Trump’s New Deal

Patrick W. Gallagher · 11/12/15 02:15PM

Most people consider Donald Trump to be a gratuitous self-promoter, a somewhat charismatic actor, a clown, a demagogue, a misogynist, or a racist. But what everyone needs to understand about him is that what he considers himself, first and foremost, is a builder. In his latest book, Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again—the third book that he has written as a politician, after The America We Deserve (2000) and Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again (2011)—he repeats the same gesture that he also makes in the other two, namely that he constantly cites his building accomplishments as qualifications that make him better suited than any career politician imaginable to be President of the United States.

Author Umberto Eco Plots What, Exactly?

CML · 11/11/15 10:15AM

Umberto Eco’s first new novel in five years, Numero Zero, weighs in at 192 pages, versus 400+ for his previous efforts. I’m pretty Eco-friendly—The Name of the Rose was a lot of fun, if a bit overlong—so I was looking forward to something like Rose or Foucault’s Pendulum, except shorter, tighter, and brighter. Instead, readers of Numero Zero will find a little mystery, a bit of fantasy, some humor, and a lot of explanation: for better or for worse, this is a change of pace for Eco.

Not Just Another Murder in South Los Angeles

Jason Parham · 02/19/15 12:20PM

The residue of the past fades with each passing season. Year after year, small and ordinary moments that I used to summon with ease become harder to recall. But May 13, 2009 is different. The day has remained whole, like a blood-stained memory that won’t wash out.