Politics Sunday

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Politicians and their favorite books.

Shocker: American Apparel’s models are not, in fact, random people they picked up off the street.

“Monks with Guns”

The governor of the Russian republic of Kalmykia was abducted by aliens the other day.

“A tall girl can command 60 to 100 cattle from a suitor. A short girl may get 20 head, and, sometimes, short girls overstay their welcome in the father’s home and end up fetching only five cattle.” — A depressing report you should really read from Sudan. (via TMN)


Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →