Books

Deciding How to Die Has Never Been Harder
October 24, 2014

We do not like to think about our decrepit and declining future—and so we end up unprepared for it.

Is a Community Still a Community Without a Bookstore?
The Bronx is hoping to not find out
October 24, 2014

The borough’s lack of a literary institution is due to neglect, rather than disinterest.

Matt Yglesias Entirely Misunderstands Why the Book Publishing Industry Exists
October 24, 2014

And he paints a picture of a sad, sad literary world. 

For $2,500 You Can Now Own Joan Didion’s Sunglasses
October 22, 2014

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

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.

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