Novelist Michael Chabon imagines what would have happened if a Jewish settlement took hold in Alaska instead of Israel. His book, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, uses this scenario to unfold a noir detective story. We ask him about the phenomenon of so-called “alternate history” fiction and if any of this has to do with his support for Barack Obama. Plus: analysis of the second Republican presidential debate and the next installment of our transportation series, Anything But The Car: Trains.
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