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On the anniversary of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, David Remnick speaks with the political scientist Barbara F. Walter about the prospect of open civil conflict in America. Walter, the author of the new book “How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them,” argues that we can’t afford to downplay the present possibility of political violence. Vinson Cunningham talks with the sci-fi and fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor about the latest installment of her trilogy of novels, in which a Nigerian American teen-ager discovers that she has magical powers in her ancestral country. Plus, Julian Lucas on video games.
A New Civil War in America?
The political scientist Barbara F. Walter has studied political violence for the C.I.A., and says that we can’t afford to ignore the warning signs—that open, violent conflict could happen here.
Nnedi Okorafor on Sci-Fi Through an African Lens
The writer coined the term “Africanfuturist” to distinguish her work from that of other Black American sci-fi writers. She talks with Vinson Cunningham about her new novel, “Akata Woman.”
Julian Lucas on Landscape in Video Games
The culture writer is a passionate gamer, with a particular interest in video games as a form of landscape art.
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