Books

I Hated English Class, Until We Read Nabokov
The novelist taught me how to leave room for magic
August 26, 2014

For years, I hid my book-loving self from my classmates. 

The Real-Life Piper from "Orange Is the New Black" Talks Courtroom Fashion
August 26, 2014

The inspiration behind 'Orange Is The New Black' talks about a piece of clothing she's never forget.

When Are Metafictional Games a Mask For Laziness?
The complex style of Ben Lerner
August 25, 2014

The complex literary stylings of Ben Lerner are as stunning as ever.

How One Woman's Luxury Damascus Villa Became a Refugee Camp
The war in Syria seeps into the Old City
August 15, 2014

A touching memoir of war and loss—told through a single Syrian house.

Can Science Offer New Answers to Mental Illness?
August 15, 2014

No matter how much progress we make, mental illness is still largely a medical mystery.

Erotic Architecture: the Sexual History of Great Buildings
August 15, 2014

From Nero’s decadent Golden House in Rome to Charles Fourier’s orgiastic French “courts of love”; public toilet glory holes to Eileen Gray’s sexy Mediterranean hideway. 

The 20-Year Old Who Dated Her Dad—And Then Wrote A Book About It
August 15, 2014

Yes, they consummated the relationship.

John Updike Beautifully Explains How Difficult It Was To Read John Cheever's Tortured Journals
August 13, 2014

Cheever's life was often a mess of chaos. Updike still sees the beauty in it.

One of Liberalism's Greatest Defenders Doesn't Deserve His Obscurity
The pathos of Stefan Zweig and his overdue revival
August 09, 2014

Stefan Zweig is much more than "the Pepsi of Austrian of writing."

Dylan Thomas Is The Quintessential Poet for Adolescence
But that's not all he was
August 08, 2014

A new biography busts the myths around the Welsh poet

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