Articles by Janet Potter

October 4, 2016

A Killed B: The Millions Interviews Tana French 1

“People who take for granted the shared culture aren’t as interesting because they don’t have any insight into it.”

July 8, 2016

Martin Seay’s ‘The Mirror Thief’ as Explained by Martin Seay 1

So when I recognized Martin Seay from across the room at a party a few weeks ago, I was just tipsy enough to go over and say, “I’m Janet, did you write The Mirror Thief?”

May 5, 2016

Places That Fall Into Ruin: The Millions Interviews Geoff Dyer 0

I’m glad I’m capable of disappointment because that shows I still have high hopes for the world.

December 23, 2015

Year in Reading Outro 3

Year in Reading reminds me of that cinematic device where the camera slowly backs away from the characters we’ve been following until it’s looking at them from outside their window, and then back farther still until you see into their neighbors’ windows as well, and farther still to show a whole building of occupied windows, and then a whole city, until you are looking at hundreds of little scenes in hundreds of little windows.

December 5, 2015

A Year in Reading: Janet Potter 2

“Will no one plumb the depths of Steuben County during the Clinton years?” was never the cry of my heart.

August 17, 2015

How to Title Every Book You Ever Write 4

Get out your favorite album. Rank the tracks in order of how much you like them. Take the fourth song. Print out the lyrics to that song and black out any that are well known. From the remaining lyrics, choose either the first or second half of a complete thought. Note: It must be meaningless out of context.

April 24, 2015

Fish Out of Water: On Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan’s ‘The Royal We’ 0

Underneath the frothy exterior is sharp look at the clash between modern women and the ways they are portrayed.

April 1, 2015

Our Basest Instincts: On Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ 3

If 21st-century technology has made public shaming easier, faster, and more random, it’s also made us all targets. This book makes it clear than anything you say or do can be held against you in a court of opinion, by people who don’t know anything about you, in perpetuity.

February 20, 2015

The Joy of Crewnecks: Marie Kondo’s ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ 4

Marie Kondo has a method for cleaning and reorganizing your home that might be crazy and might be brilliant, but works either way.

December 6, 2014

A Year in Reading: Janet Potter 8

I took Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan on my summer vacation, and nothing will ever be the same.