Books

David Cronenberg’s First Novel Is So Good, He Should Ditch His Day Job
November 08, 2014

The film-maker writes with tender complexity.

Callow, Grating, and Glib: The First-Person Fodder of Lena Dunham Inc.
November 06, 2014

"Psycho-Twaddle, Affirmational Platitudes, and Show-Offy Candor"

"I Think Spinster Is An Identity Every Woman Can Claim"
Talking with the author of 'Texts from Jane Eyre'
November 06, 2014

"Something that makes a really great literary character would often make a horrible roommate ..."

How to Understand the Frailties of Life with HIV? Poetry
November 03, 2014

HIV/AIDS as a subject is best understood as an intensification of the eternal concerns of poetry—mortality, elegy, the difficulty of love.

What You Won't Learn About Thomas Cromwell by Reading Hilary Mantel
October 31, 2014

Apparently fifteenth-century coronation rituals bred head lice.

Margaret Atwood: “Ooooh! Are We Going to Talk About Dying?”
Talking to the author about feminism, aging, and rewriting Shakespeare
October 31, 2014

Talking to the author about feminism, aging, and rewriting Shakespeare.

The 20 Most Terrifying Non-Horror Books You'll Ever Read
October 31, 2014

And there isn't a ghost in a single one.

The Halloween Concert That Reinvented Bob Dylan
Philharmonic Hall, New York City, October 31, 1964
October 31, 2014

Bob Dylan was the cynosure of hip, when hipness still wore pressed slacks and light brown suede boots (as he did that night).

There Were No Love Stories in Auschwitz. Is It Okay for a Novelist to Invent One?
October 30, 2014

How can we write respectfully about the Holocaust?

How Female Comedians Went from Self-Hating to the Self-Help Shelf
Amy Poehler's new book is the latest in a boomlet of you-go-girl guides
October 29, 2014

Her new book is self-help—and it's fabulous

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