Books

Why Joseph Mitchell Stopped Writing
May 01, 2015

Some of the author's most successful creations were partly fabrications. 

The Raw Epic Poetry of the South's Forgotten Genius Is Ready for a Comeback
April 28, 2015

This brilliant poet of the South killed himself when he was 29. But he is much more than his biography.

Bodies in Flux
Maggie Nelson's latest book, 'The Argonauts', captures life's messiness
April 24, 2015

In Maggie Nelson's latest book, 'The Argonauts', life explains theory.

Giving Up on Love
Vivian Gornick and the pursuit of an uncoupled life
April 23, 2015

Vivian Gornick and the pursuit of an uncoupled life.

America Will Never Move Beyond the Culture Wars
April 23, 2015

The culture wars have been institutionalized into the very fabric of American society.

Fashion Failure
Making sense of the spectacular collapse of two of fashion’s best-known bad boys
April 22, 2015

Making sense of the spectacular collapse of two of fashion’s best-known bad boys.

The English Channel
Imperial nostalgia invades American television
April 21, 2015

British television is indulging in a vast, slow spasm of nostalgia.

The Ghost of Cornel West
What happened to America's most exciting black scholar?
April 19, 2015

President Obama betrayed him. He’s stopped publishing new work. He’s alienated his closest friends and allies. What happened to America’s most exciting black scholar? 

Object Lesson
Why we need physical books
April 19, 2015

Why we need physical books.

Science Fiction's White Boys' Club Strikes Back
April 17, 2015

The conservative backlash isn't entirely about attempts to diversify science fiction; it's also motivated by a nostalgia for an imaginary past.

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