Articles by Thomas Beckwith

May 24, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Cronin; Danler; Anderson; Busquets; Thorpe; Vyleta 0

Out this week: The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin; Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler; The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson; This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets; Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe; and Smoke by Dan Vyleta. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great 2016 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.

May 20, 2016

Taking Off 0

“Every streetlight is a slightly different hue/of white the squares like the blank faces of robots/offer the Hondas and Toyotas idling in the lot something/like hope and yet I am thinking of all of the people on the planes/landing and taking off the twin miracles of arrival and departure/each of them singing ‘Take Me With […]

May 20, 2016

Against the Machine 0

Recommended Reading: Sadie Stein on a teen reading Sartre.

May 20, 2016

Fine By Themselves 0

Was Virginia Woolf right that the Brontës were too isolated? Or were they just as housebound as their art required them to be? In the latest Atlantic, Judith Shulevitz examines the lives of the family, teasing out evidence that they all used loneliness to their benefit.

May 20, 2016

Red October 0

Haven’t heard of Teffi? You can blame that one on the Bolsheviks. The early-20th-century Russian poet, playwright and journalist, whose fans included (oddly enough) both Vladimir Lenin and Tsar Nikolai, had to flee a Moscow in turmoil to avoid persecution as a dissident. Now, several publishers are reprinting her memoir of exile, for which The New Statesman has details and a short biography.

May 20, 2016

Very Brief Respites from the Darkness 0

Want to learn filmmaking from a self-proclaimed “soldier of cinema”? Then sign up for a class with Werner Herzog. The enigmatic director, whose films include Grizzly Man and Fitzcarraldo, announced he’ll be teaching a course in the summer through the online provider Masterclass.

May 19, 2016

Acid Bath 0

“There is a tab of LSD and shreds of the King James Bible in this morning tumbler of bourbon.” On C.E. Morgan’s new novel.

May 19, 2016

Fifteen-Love 0

Recommended Reading: Gerald Marzorati on why Tolstoy played tennis.

May 19, 2016

“The year we killed our teacher” 0

What’s the only thing nicer than new fiction by Hilary Mantel? New fiction by Hilary Mantel that you can read for free. At the LRB, check out the entirety of her latest, “Kinsella in His Hole.”

May 19, 2016

Or, Like Something Out of Kafka 0

In their latest Trend Watch, Merriam-Webster announced they’ve been seeing more searches for “Kafkaesque,” a spike they attribute to British publishers writing about Booker winner Han Kang. Since the word is so overused, it’s worthwhile to ask: just what does it actually mean now, anyway? Allison Flood tries to pin it down at The Guardian.