Books

A Passion for the Void
July 27, 2015

Understanding Clarice Lispector’s strange and surreal fiction.

Why I’m Not Watching the David Foster Wallace Movie: He Taught Me Not To
July 27, 2015

He was addicted to entertainment but thought it caused “a sort of emptiness.”

Is Worrying a Modernist Invention?
July 24, 2015

A new book delves into the history of this singular, overpowering emotion.

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.

What's the Next 'Go Set a Watchman'?
July 16, 2015

The lost works of Joan Didion, Marilynne Robinson, and other great writers.

Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' Should Not Have Been Published
July 16, 2015

There's a reason a lot of early work goes unpublished.

An Evening with the Real Scout Finch
July 16, 2015

Worlds collide when Mary Badham, who played Scout Finch in the 1962 film "To Kill A Mockingbird," reads "Go Set a Watchman."

Ethnography on Trial
July 15, 2015

Alice Goffman's acclaimed book "On the Run" tells a compelling story. But can we trust it?

Just How Good Is 'To Kill a Mockingbird'?
July 15, 2015

The novel's slogan-ready ethics have crowded out literary appreciation that is long overdue.

Why Does Open Adoption Rarely Work?
July 14, 2015

Even when everyone does everything they said they would, a birth mother's experience is shaped by absence.

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