A writer makes the case for watching
The New York Review of Books publishes mostly men, and in that, they're not alone, joined by pretty much every major print magazine in this country. But the NYRB's editor, Robert Silvers, responded to a criticism of their mostly-maleness this week with an amazing, somewhat baffling form letter. The ... More >>
Gaitskill, Auster, Gessen—and Lupe Fiasco.
Many complicated tributes to John Updike today. This was a writer with an ambivalent reputation among people of a certain age (and an impossibly glowing one with people of another). But facile opinions tend to fall away at moments like these. The New Yorker's Book Bench has gathered together a slate ... More >>
Photo by Peter Foley via WYNC "Lectures are for academics, churchman, and explorers," announced a radiant, reticent Zadie Smith at Friday night's Robert B. Silvers Lecture at the New York Public Library, "and I'm a comic novelist, idiot savant of the humanities. Lecturing is outside my remit." " ... More >>
Brooklyn Book Festival Sunday, September 14 Borough Hall It was a late Saturday Los Angeles Times article that broke the news of David Foster Wallace's death for most of us, and it was their book editor David Ulin's quote, describing the scene at Saturday's National Book Critics Circle Board meetin ... More >>
The Surprising Legacy of George Plimpton
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