Articles by Thomas Beckwith

March 23, 2015

Secret Machines 0

Recommended Reading: Cody Delistraty’s interview with Kazuo Ishiguro. You could also read our own Lydia Kiesling on the author’s new novel The Buried Giant.

March 23, 2015

Today in Irish Poetry 0

Need a dose of new Irish poetry in your life? The Irish Times (naturally) has you covered. In the Saturday edition, John McAuliffe reviews two new and notable collections: The Boys of Bluehill by Eilean Ni Chuilleanain and The Days of Surprise by Paul Durcan.

March 23, 2015

The Mask 0

Considering his experience as a musician and comedian, it makes sense that Jacob Rubin wrote his new novel about a performer. The Poser depicts the tumultuous career of a talented impressionist. At Bookforum, Rubin talks about the novel, his career as a screenwriter and his knack for impressions as a child. You could also read […]

March 18, 2015

Just a Tribute 0

Imagine that someone wrote fan fiction about you. Now imagine this fan fiction is not just about you, but inspired by selfies you posted on Tumblr. This is what happened to Arabelle Sicardi, who talks with Matthew J.X. Malady about the story she received, her fans and the weirdness of Internet fame.

March 18, 2015

We Done Good 0

Recommended Reading: Oliver Kamm’s argument that there is no proper English. Pair with Fiona Maazel’s essay on commercial grammar.

March 18, 2015

Playing Ball 0

In the early days of sportswriting, journalists weren’t necessarily focused on soccer, football or even baseball. In the forties, boxing and horse racing were still important beats, and they gave W.C. Heinz the opportunity to build his legacy. In the Times, a review of The Top of His Game, a new collection of the reporter’s […]

March 18, 2015

The Universal Author 0

In the sixties, when he was a student at Cambridge, Stephen Greenblatt came across a book of Persian art. The book inspired a lifelong interest in the region, which in part explains why, after the University of Tehran invited him to give the keynote address at the first annual Iranian Shakespeare Congress, he packed his bags […]

March 17, 2015

Oh _____ 0

Haven’t heard of Heck? You will soon. The new magazine, edited by Jeremy Keith Spencer, boasts an impressive masthead of contributing editors, including Wells Tower, Gideon Lewis-Kraus and Millions contributor Darcey Steinke. You can also help crowdfund the magazine via Indiegogo.

March 17, 2015

The Likeness Man 0

“If you’re doing an assignment for some Luddite professor who insists on originality – and probably uses typewriter ribbon – keep in mind that I only offer phrases from hard-to-trace sources. Just today I was slipped some primo stuff from an English teacher in Simonton, Iowa who’s been advising the high school literary magazine for […]

March 17, 2015

“This annoying world” 0

We’ve grappled before with the dark world of Kindle self-publishing. We even published a cautionary tale of trying to live off Kindle erotica. In The Guardian, a look at the worst book covers of the Kindlesphere, all of which appear on an excellent Tumblr.