Articles by Emily St. John Mandel
October 4, 2012
What matters is good writing, what matters is that there are people who love books enough to press them into your hands in far-off cities. We are here for the books, but I think it’s easy to get distracted by our longing for success and forget this.
September 6, 2012
Gill’s stories are fascinating, but she is possessed of that rarest of attributes among memoirists: an understanding of her own story as only a part of a broader picture, a willingness to broaden the focus beyond the particulars of her personal experience.
September 4, 2012
“Do you believe,” the journalist asked, “or fear, that the world is a mirage, or a hoax?”
August 21, 2012
Is he alive, or is he dead? There are moments in this very funny, very ghoulish novella when he seems definitely one or the other; other moments when he might somehow be both. He’s roughly the fictional equivalent of Schrödinger’s cat.
July 31, 2012
Do the ones who save us owe us anything? The Bellarosa Connection is fascinating as a study of memory and regret.
June 26, 2012
Jeet Thayil’s debut novel is an unsettling portrait of a seething city, a beautifully-written meditation on addiction, sex, friendship, dreams, and murder.