How Purim, Judaism's Boozy Rejoinder to Halloween, Shook My Faith
March 05, 2015

Costumes, comedy, mass slaughter, and heresy. For me, it's a profound holiday.

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?

Hillary Clinton's Crystal Ball
How "Hard Choices" predicts her presidential campaign
August 03, 2014

How "Hard Choices" hints at Hillary's presidential campaign

Yet Another Writer Has Admitted Faking Her Holocaust Memoir
The long, strange history of made-up Shoah stories
May 17, 2014

There's a long, strange history of made up shoah diaries. Why do we repeatedly fall for them?

Dissident or Informant? The Murky Memory of Christa Wolf
March 07, 2013

In 1992, the Stasi revealed that Christa Wolf had helped them out. She had no memory of having written a report for them.

Kill Your Darlings
Is writing a memoir like murdering your family?
February 19, 2013

Is writing a memoir like murdering your family?

How Literature Saved This Book
February 12, 2013

Several years ago, David Shields staked out a new literary aesthetic with Reality Hunger. His latest, How Literature Saved My Life, reads like so many strung-together blog posts. But does that matter?

Excess Baggage—The Voluminous Diaries of Christopher Isherwood
January 11, 2013

Isherwood's overflowing diaries are in need of a thorough edit.

Fever Dreams—Investigating the Memoir
November 29, 2012

Cahalan understands her memoir as an illumination of absence more than an act of retrospection.