Articles by Thomas Beckwith

April 16, 2017

Identity Crisis 0

Recommended Reading: Our own Ismail Muhammad on a new book of essays by Durga Chew-Bose. 

April 15, 2017

The Cosmonaut 0

Conrad Aiken’s tombstone reads: “Cosmos Mariner — Destination Unknown.” Which raises the question: what exactly does this epitaph say about the poet’s work? In the LA Times, an argument that Aiken deserves a reappraisal.

April 11, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Thiong’o; Mason; Gerard; Romm; Grøndahl; Grant 0

Out this week: Devil on the Cross by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o; Void Star by Zachary Mason; Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard; Double Bind, edited by Robin Romm; Often I Am Happy by Jens Christian Grøndahl; and Cave Dwellers by Richard Grant. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

April 9, 2017

Dead Father 0

Recommended Reading: Susan Choi on a resurrected stage adaptation of Donald Barthelme’s novel Snow White.

April 8, 2017

Bound 0

“Think the kennel partner was a man? Think he was, in Braverman’s telling, threatened by her success? You are correct. There are so many stories like this, in Double Bind, of ambition built up and then put in its place: the high school classmate who sneered to Roxane Gay, when he learned that she’d been […]

April 4, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Buntin; El Akkad; Arimah; Meidav; Watts; Bausch 0

Out this week: Marlena by Julie Buntin; American War by Omar El Akkad; What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah; Kingdom of the Young by Edie Meidav; No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts; and Living in the Weather of the World by Richard Bausch. For more on these and other new titles, go read […]

April 2, 2017

There Now 0

It’s fitting in a strange way that the author of Being There is now the subject of an oddball novel-turned-biography. In the Times, Benjamin Markovits reads Jerome Charyn’s book Jerzy, which gives the life of Jerzy Kosinski a treatment he’d likely appreciate.

April 1, 2017

In the Middle of the Affair 0

“We look to lovers to heal us, to complete us, to give us the kind of comfort that can only be found in the work that we do inside of ourselves. It’s an inside job, as they say in twelve-step programs.” Talking with Melissa Febos about her memoir, Abandon Me.

April 1, 2017

Fantastisch 0

In 1980, Julio Cortázar gave a series of lectures at Berkeley, which you can now read in the slim, simply-titled volume Literature Class. Among the highlights? This sentence: “I had lived with a complete feeling of familiarity with the fantastic because it seemed as acceptable to me, as possible and as real, as the fact of eating soup at […]

March 28, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Tinti; Enard; Shattuck; Matthews; Sontag 0

Out this week: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti; Compass by Mathias Enard; The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck; Simulacra by Airea D. Matthews; and the Later Essays of Susan Sontag. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.