Books

How GPS Is Being Used to Fight the Asthma Epidemic
April 16, 2014

"The grim reality is that most patients’ asthma in this country is uncontrolled."

How Kafka Actually Lived
He did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed
April 11, 2014

Kafka did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed.

The Norwegian Government Keeps Book Publishers Alive
And other reasons it's the best place in the world to be a writer
April 11, 2014

And other reasons Norway is the best place in the world to be a writer.

Religion Only Works When It Appeals to the Senses
April 09, 2014

“To learn about religion we have to come to our senses.”

Karl Ove Knausgaard Became a Literary Sensation by Exposing His Every Secret
Readers love him for it. He hates himself.
April 07, 2014

He became the literary star of 2014 by exposing his every secret. Now he hates himself for it. 

Lydia Davis Is the Perfect Writer for the Twitter Era
April 07, 2014

Too distracted by technology, lack of sleep, or your kids to focus on anything longer than a list? Here’s one of Lydia Davis’s stories, “Bloomington,” from her latest collection, Can’t and Won’t, in its entirety.

Reviewing the Unreviewable
How to assess the promising, posthumous work of a 22-year-old
April 06, 2014

The act of reviewing—or even just having critical thoughts about—juvenilia produced by someone who cannot defend herself seems both loathsome and pointless. But this book calls for it.

The Greatest Ex-Nazi Writer
Never heard of Gottfried Benn? It's because of his politics
April 05, 2014

Gottfreid Benn was a Nazi very briefly in the early 1930s. Why did it erase him from literary history?

Paul de Man Was a Total Fraud
The literary-critical giant lied about every part of his life
April 05, 2014

Paul de Man lied about everything: his college, his grad school, his rent payments, his quotations of Nietzsche and Rousseau. He even cheated his father out of his life savings. And that's just the beginning.

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