Books

For $2500 You Can Now Own Joan Didion’s Sunglasses
October 22, 2014 5:37 PM

A Kickstarter campaign is selling all sorts of weird Didion paraphernelia. 

Why Are We So Fixated on the Crimes of the Victorians?
October 22, 2014 3:38 PM

They're riveting—but why?

Walter Benjamin Was My First Crush
October 21, 2014

"I found German writer Walter Benjamin through my middle-school history teacher ..."

America's Most Elusive Military Hero Finally Gets His Due
Even his heroism was somehow private
October 20, 2014

Even his heroism was private. 

No Author Is Too Good for Her Amazon Critics
October 19, 2014

It's time to come to terms with publishing in 2014. Everyone is a critic. Everyone’s got a soapbox. 

Marilynne Robinson Is Proof That Fiction Hasn't Lost Its Faith
October 19, 2014

Marilynne Robinson is one of the great religious novelists, not only of our age, but any age.

Can Science Fiction Writers Predict Technology’s Future?
October 17, 2014

Should science fiction writers be sending their first drafts to the patent office?

Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman Once Spent an Afternoon Together. Here's What Happened.
October 17, 2014

“I come as a poet to call upon a poet,” Wilde said, when Whitman opened his door. 

Edgar Allan Poe Was a Vampire
That’s what you love about him: his creepiness, his otherness, his charismatic diabolism
October 16, 2014

Don't write him off because you think his poetry is silly.

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