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.
If you weren't familiar with the 93-year-old legend, here are the three movies to watch.
April 06, 2014
It isn't the violence, or nudity, or even the dragons that makes Game of Thrones so epic. It's the dialogue.
Reviewing the Unreviewable
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.
No actual historians are on staff—and that's led to some serious inaccuracies.
We treat technology as disposable, yet we ascribe human characteristics to our gadgets.
Ellis’s show, like many others, can feel like a hall of mirrors reflecting the chatty state of pop-culture today.
April 05, 2014
The Greatest Ex-Nazi Writer
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
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.
"Artisan" ingredients are just grotesque additives that coat these glorfied death discs.