Brian is a deputy web editor for Foreign Affairs, senior blog editor for The Brooklyn Quarterly, and a passionate admirer of bulldogs and burritos. In that order.
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Here's What Happened When A Guy Read 'Grey'

I am probably the last person on Earth who would be first in line to pick up the new Fifty Shades of Grey book, Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian . I read and write about foreign policy, international relations, and other decidedly unse…
By Brian O'Connor

Which Unauthorized Hillary Biographies To Read

Well, guys, it's finally Facebook official: Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016, marking her second go 'round on the political roller coaster that is the American presidential race. While official biographies of Hillary Clinton exist, wr…
By Brian O'Connor

How to Better Understand the CIA Torture Report

While the press is scrambling to read through and distill the most important CIA Torture Report findings from the 6,700-page doorstopper released Tuesday — from which we're all still kind of jaw-dropped — news broke on Friday morning that Melville Ho…
By Brian O'Connor

How to Prep Yourself Now for a Book Publishing Job

Signs you were made to work in publishing: your love life revolves around your TBR pile, you read about correlation theories at the beach, and you've literally inked your passion for the written word on your skin permanently. When people say "do what…
By Brian O'Connor

Book Club These With Your Significant Other

Maybe you've tried to join a book club with your significant other and it just didn't stick. Don't feel bad — you're not the first couple to have quit: book clubs aren't for everyone. But your instinct to share a read is right, because there's someth…
By Brian O'Connor

The Primary Wins You Need To Know About

Primaries are usually known for drawing less attention than 2014-era Myspace profiles, but this year seemed to be an exception. Tuesday night's primary election races in Mississippi, Iowa, Alabama, and South Dakota marked the end-result of campaigns …
By Brian O'Connor

How Maya Angelou Influenced Tupac & Hip-Hop

With the passing of legendary poet and author Maya Angelou, thoughts and reflections are rightly focusing on her seminal autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, her activism, and her influence on American poetry. Angelou is best known for her…
By Brian O'Connor