A Passion for the Void
July 27, 2015

Understanding Clarice Lispector’s strange and surreal fiction.

How Joan Didion Became the Ultimate Literary Celebrity
July 21, 2015

It’s been years since The White Album. But our interest in Joan Didion’s personal life—and her personal belongings—has only grown.

The Four Funniest Bits from the New Roger Ailes Bio
January 12, 2014

The Fox News honcho once ordered 3 entire pages of food from a room service menu.

Roger Ailes Is Not That Powerful
January 12, 2014

We know more details than ever about how vile the Fox boss is. Yet we keep overstating his power. 

Camus Would've Turned 100 This Week. He Would've Hated It.
November 08, 2013

Albert Camus would have celebrated his 100th birthday this week.

Nabokov's Politics
March 21, 2013

A newly translated play and a new biography alter his image as a disinterested aesthete.

March 12, 2013

Margaret Fuller’s early death meant she never got to see the promised land.

Excess Baggage—The Voluminous Diaries of Christopher Isherwood
January 11, 2013

Isherwood's overflowing diaries are in need of a thorough edit.

Household Words—The Complicated Domestic Life of Charles Dickens
December 07, 2012

The case of Charles Dickens is an extreme example of our desire to know all the darkest details about the lives of our great heroes