Articles by Hannah Gersen

January 26, 2016

The Proust Book Club: An Introduction 14

And so, here I am, 10 years (!) later, trying again to finish one of the best novels I’ve ever read, possibly the best novel I’ve ever read. (I’ll know for sure when I finish.)

December 12, 2015

A Year in Reading: Hannah Gersen 0

I read a galley of this book in February. When I first started reading it, I thought: This is the book I’ve been waiting for. And then I thought: I should review it. And then: No, I love it too much.

November 30, 2015

The Millions 2015 Gift Guide for Readers, Writers and the People Who Love Them 1

Welcome to The Millions 4th Annual Gift Guide! As usual, we’ve got gifts sure to delight all the writers and readers in your life, and maybe something for your niece—the one you don’t know that well, but who apparently likes books.

August 31, 2015

How the Brain Forgets: On Penelope Farmer’s ‘Charlotte Sometimes’ 0

I recommend Charlotte Sometimes wholeheartedly, and for those of you who may have read it as a child, I recommend returning to it, if only because rereading is one of the only forms of time travel available to us. What seems forgotten is only waiting to be rediscovered.

July 31, 2015

The Unwritten Profile: On The End Of The Tour 13

Perhaps the biggest compliment I can give to The End of the Tour, the new film about a five-day interview between the writer David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, is that I finally started reading Wallace again.

June 3, 2015

The Mysterious Edges: On Jami Attenberg and ‘Saint Mazie’ 5

How do writers get better at telling stories? Attenberg has some theories. First: getting older. She wrote The Middlesteins in her late-30s, with three books to her name and some perspective on the person who wrote them.

May 20, 2015

Beyond Rent Hikes: On DW Gibson’s ‘The Edge Becomes The Center’ 0

Gibson understands that a conversation about gentrification can be an opening to talk about everything from the nuts and bolts of tenant law, to the habits of graffiti artists, to the legacy of Jane Jacobs, to the future of the DiBlasio administration, to the popularity of Project Runway, to the basic human question of how to get along with other people.

April 27, 2015

The Value of Writing Programs: On Why I Don’t Have an M.F.A. 27

The question shouldn’t be whether or not getting an M.F.A. is a worthwhile for those privileged enough to agonize over the cost. Instead we should ask: how can we better support people who want to write?

April 8, 2015

To Fall in Love with a Reader, Do This 4

Several months ago, The New York Times published an article about a 36-question interview devised to make strangers fall in love. The questions presented here are designed with a more modest goal: to have an interesting conversation about books.

February 26, 2015

Tough Love: On Mac McClelland’s ‘Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story’ 1

Irritable Hearts is a memory of recovery, a thoughtful and well-researched record of one woman’s experience with a subtle and often terrifying condition.