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 sla ... More >>
The Surprising Legacy of George Plimpton
Beach Fare with an Edge