Articles by Rhian Sasseen

May 15, 2013

Fifty Shades of Scandal 0

What’s the translation of “ooh la la”? Looks like Fifty Shades of Grey has become a contraband hit in China.

May 15, 2013

The Humanity of Books 0

“To me a book is not just a particular file. It’s connected with personhood. Books are really, really hard to write. They represent a kind of a summit of grappling with what one really has to say. And what I’m concerned with is when Silicon Valley looks at books, they often think of them as […]

May 15, 2013

Spring Awakening 0

Virgil and the springtime mysteries of Margaret Fuller.

May 15, 2013

“A female Genet” 0

“Would I have carried myself with the same swagger, or faced adversity with such feminine resolve, without Albertine as my guide?…I was drawn to a striking, remote face—rendered violet on black—on a dust jacket proclaiming its author ‘a female Genet.’ It cost 99 cents, the price of a grilled cheese and coffee at the Waverly […]

May 15, 2013

Shock and Auden 0

A lost journal of W. H. Auden, one of three that the poet is known to have kept, has recently been discovered.

May 14, 2013

The School of Life 1

“There is something ersatz, if not quite fraudulent, about [Alain] de Botton’s entire intellectual enterprise.” At The Los Angeles Review of Books, Lisa Levy throws down the gauntlet.

May 14, 2013

Whodunnit 0

And then there was you: the Oxford English Dictionary is soliciting public help in tracking down “a mysterious, possibly pornographic, 19th-century book from which a number of its quotations are derived.”

May 14, 2013

This Side of Criticism 0

F. Scott Fitzgerald called himself “a moralist at heart,” which might be why Kathryn Schulz finds The Great Gatsby to be “aesthetically overrated, psychologically vacant, and morally complacent.”

May 14, 2013

Head in a Book 0

Pen, paper, and a brain scan: the newest trend in literary criticism might be “neurohumanities.”

May 14, 2013

In The Kitchen 0

What’s cooking? Just an interview with the author who’s ghostwritten seemingly every bestselling cookbook out there.