Mary Gaitskill Makes the Superficial Bearable
October 05, 2015

Her new novel “The Mare” finds hidden truths in ordinary moments.

A Passion for the Void
July 27, 2015

Understanding Clarice Lispector’s strange and surreal fiction.

The Man Booker International Prize Goes Global but Lands Back Home
May 19, 2015

The winner of the Man Booker International prize elicited both groans and hurrahs from fans of international literature.

Jonathan Franzen's “Bad” Sex Writing Isn't His Fault
May 15, 2015

All sex writing looks bad out of context.

Should Young Writers "Wait Their Turn"? This Famous Old Writer Thinks So.
March 30, 2015

Cynthia Ozick's argument makes no sense in today's literary economy.

5 Steps to Getting Over Your Ignorance of the Nobel Winner for Literature
October 09, 2014

This guys didn't win. We're here to help you get over it.

The Heartwrenching Court Cases That Inspired My New Novel
September 05, 2014

The best legal judgments form a neglected sub-genre of our literature.

When Are Metafictional Games a Mask For Laziness?
August 25, 2014

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

Geoff Dyer: “There Should Be an Annual Festival Devoted to Me”
August 08, 2014

Geoff Dyer likes to take down “dim-witted academics.” So what happened when he turned up at a conference on ... Geoff Dyer?

How Kafka Actually Lived
April 11, 2014

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