Articles by Thomas Beckwith

December 20, 2014

A Year in Reading: Thomas Beckwith 0

A remarkable thing about the collection is how well it captures the messiness at the heart of civilized life.

December 17, 2014

Mark It Up 0

Recommended Reading: Laura Miller’s argument for writing in books. You could also read Sam Anderson’s marginalia in Dan Brown’s Inferno, as well as his Year in Marginalia from 2010.

December 17, 2014

Stars of Old Russia 0

In 1913, four years before the Russian Revolution, Tsar Nicholas II made the now-baffling claim that a writer named Teffi was the only major Russian writer. At the time, however, his endorsement made sense, because everybody in Russia, from royalty on down, read Teffi’s work and “delighted” in it. Until the revolution, at which point […]

December 16, 2014

Epic 0

“Idea #2: Book opens to reveal it is hollow, contains one medium-sized onion. Review: ‘Multilayered… had me in tears.’” How to write a first novel that gets praised in the New York Times.

December 16, 2014

Not for Us 0

It’s easy to find essays targeted at writers that argue that rejection isn’t really that bad. In her new book, How to Not Write, Lisa Carver takes the argument a step further, as she says that not only does rejection not hurt you, it “frees you” and “facilitates action.” At The Rumpus, an excerpt from the […]

December 16, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Inbinder; Gunn; Marston; British Library 0

Out this week: The Devil in Montmartre by Gary Inbinder; The Emperor of Ice Cream by Dan Gunn; Deeds of Darkness by Edward Marston; and The Cat and the Moon and Other Cat Poems, chosen by the British Library. For more on these and other recent titles, check out our Great Second-half 2014 Book Preview. […]

December 15, 2014

No Light Before 0

Recommended Reading: Peter Fulham on William Styron’s Darkness Visible.

December 15, 2014

Garrets Etc. 0

Most writers, unless they’re lucky enough to have an ideal place in which to work, make do with the best space available. For Colum McCann’s father, the shed in his backyard, which “always smelled damp inside, as if the rain rose up out of the carpet,” sufficed for the fiction he wrote after coming home […]

December 10, 2014

Through the Pain 0

Recommended Reading: Cristina Fries on Excavation by Wendy Ortiz. (h/t The Rumpus)

December 10, 2014

Bill Morris at the Half King 0

Live in NYC? Want to hear our own Bill Morris read from his latest novel? Then stop by the Half King this Monday at 7 p.m. Bill won’t just be reading — he’ll also be spinning songs by James Brown, Smokey Robinson and more.