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
August 03, 2014
How "Hard Choices" hints at Hillary's presidential campaign
Tome of an unknown soldier.
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
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.