Articles by Elizabeth Minkel

April 21, 2014

The London Book Fair: Many Tote Bags but Few Industry Solutions 5

This old, sad debate talks about print and digital books as if they weren’t two sides of the same coin. Worry about book sales dropping more broadly, and start to think about the real ways that digital can reshape books.

March 12, 2014

Can #TwitterFiction Transcend Gimmickry and Become Art? 6

One afternoon in early January, I started to notice something curious happening on my Twitter feed. A series of seemingly — bafflingly! — connected retweets were popping up, a few of them from people I know but most of them from strangers, and they appeared to be telling a story.

February 18, 2014

The Author Sends Her Regrets: J.K. Rowling and Other Writers with Second Thoughts 4

Is a writer allowed to have regrets? Certainly. Is she allowed to air them publicly? I mean, yeah, it’s a free internet, why not? Do I want to hear a single additional word about the world of Harry Potter from J. K. Rowling that is not in the form of another book? No, not particularly.

January 30, 2014

Fangirl 3

This is the story of one person in one fandom, but it’s likely got hints of your story, too, if you’ve ever been involved in this sort of thing. I’d hope that it resonates if you’ve ever really loved something that you haven’t created — the I’d-kill-for-you kind of love of a work of art that inspires others to say things like, “Whoa, whoa, slow down, it’s just a book.”

January 22, 2014

One Fixed Point: “Sherlock,” Sherlock Holmes, and the British Imagination 4

We are not revisiting these characters and conceits because we are out of new ideas. A very old idea resonates; it comforts and entertains. In the case of Sherlock, even after all these retellings, it still manages to surprise.

December 12, 2013

A Year in Reading: Elizabeth Minkel 0

It helps to root myself in the books I’ve been reading over the past 11 months: they have carried me across the ocean, as I have carried them.

September 9, 2013

Racetrack Diary: Down the Home Stretch 3

On Labor Day, my first customer looks as weary as I feel, and I ask him how he’s doing. “Oh, you know, just another day in paradise,” he says with a sigh. “It’s the last day in paradise,” I remind him.

August 27, 2013

Racetrack Diary: On Luck 4

It is easy, after the fact, to draw neat lines between events, to look for cause and effect in random acts of chance. But then you spend a while sitting behind the betting windows, watching assholes blithely cashing huge tickets, or informing sweet old ladies that they’ve lost a week’s savings.

August 7, 2013

Racetrack Diary: Opening Day 1

For all the nostalgia and the celebration of tradition, at the track you have to take it one race at a time.

July 22, 2013

Farewell to the Enchanted City 2

In the vast realm of “leaving New York” essays, Joan Didion’s “Goodbye to All That” says everything that has ever needed to be said — but better.

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