Articles by Garth Risk Hallberg

February 16, 2012

Mon Semblable, Mon Frere 0

In a 6,000 word essay for The Point, founding editor Jon Baskin wades into the personal and professional psychodrama of the Franzen-Wallace friendship. Beneath the public surface, finds deep questions about the “novel of the self,” the “novel of society,” and the life worth living.

January 20, 2012

The Literary Pedigree of Downton Abbey 9

The current PBS Masterpiece series mashes the “class” buttons hard, in both the literary and the economic senses. But its relationship with the English novel is more complicated than it might appear.

January 13, 2012

Appearing Elsewhere 0

My essay on Zadie Foster Franzenides and the current state of literary aesthetics is in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine.

December 18, 2011

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 4

Behold: a museum of my failures, an atlas of incompletion, a tour of the ruins of a future that never came. I call it “Reviews I Did Not Write This Year.”

November 11, 2011

Lit-Mag Editors Stop Being Polite, Start Getting Real 4

A couple dozen leading literary magazine editors recently found themselves debating “submission fees” in a long, heated, and candid listserv discussion. The complete transcript – names have been changed to protect the innocent – is alternately depressing and heartening. It’s a must-read for anyone who publishes in little magazines, or plans to, or is just […]

November 3, 2011

The Quality of No Qualities 0

The new book Robert Musil and the NonModern offers David Winters a chance to revisit The Man Without Qualities. (While you’re at it, check out the essay on literary theory Winters wrote for us in September…and Matthew Gallaway‘s piece on Musil from January.)

October 25, 2011

The Neglected Nobelist, Neglected No More 0

Henrik Pontoppidan, the Danish novelist, won the 1917 Nobel Prize for literature. His masterpiece, Lucky Per, has never been available in English. Now – lucky for us – it is. Frederic Jameson reviews it for The London Review of Books.

October 25, 2011

Genius At Work: Helen DeWitt’s Lightning Rods 13

Shout it from the rooftops, people! Helen DeWitt is back!

October 21, 2011

After great Cake – a formal Frosting comes… 0

We all revere Emily Dickinson‘s poems, but who knew she was also a great baker? Spend your weekend rereading the Dickinson oeuvre, and then top it off by attempting her coconut cake recipe.

October 5, 2011

New Lethem 0

Did you know Jonathan Lethem‘s a really good essayist? Thought so. Did you know he has a 450-page collection, The Ecstasy of Influence, coming out in November? Me neither. An amuse-bouche, on Norman Mailer, is up at the L.A. Review of Books.