Articles by Thomas Beckwith

January 29, 2017

Culture Shock 0

“When it comes to living in a democracy, Nato Thompson argues, nothing affects us more directly and more powerfully than culture. Culture suffuses the world we live in, from TV to music to advertising to sports. And all these things, Thompson writes in his new book, Culture as Weapon, ‘influence our emotions, our actions, and […]

January 29, 2017

Thirteen 0

Just in case you wanted or needed a long explanation, here is Michiko Kakutani on the value of 1984. 

January 28, 2017

Sticks and Stones 0

As a child, Xiaolu Guo hunted birds and toads to survive. Now, as a writer in Britain, she’s written a memoir about her difficult childhood, which you can read more about in this review in The New Statesman. Sample quote: “Perhaps it is no coincidence that the reason that Guo gives for deciding to write in English is to be […]

January 28, 2017

Stark 0

Recommended Reading: A series of short pieces by Rumpus readers on the subject of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

January 24, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Wilson; Ackerman; Barry; Barkan; Krivak; Coe 0

Out this week: Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson; Dark at the Crossing by Eliot Ackerman; Days Without End by Sebastian Barry; Mexico by Josh Barkan; The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivak; and Number 11 by Jonathan Coe. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

January 22, 2017

Purgatorio 0

After more than sixty years, Antonio di Benedetto has had his book Zama finally translated into English. The novel, which kicks off in the 1790s, depicts a Spanish administrator named Don Diego de Zama, whose viceroy dispatches him to a town in the scrublands of Paraguay. In the latest New Yorker, Benjamin Kunkel gives his take.

January 22, 2017

There Is No End 0

“In the years before my book came out, I was writing frantically. I remember a week when I was working late at my job, late enough that the buses had stopped running and I had to take a cab home, and I still wrote into the night, trying to finish an essay I had promised […]

January 21, 2017

To Believe Your Own Thought 0

Recommended Reading: Sophie Atkinson on Frank Ocean as Emersonian hero.

January 21, 2017

Forty-Four 0

To mark the end of the Obama years, the crew at n+1 rounded up their best writing from his presidency. Head on over to read Aziz Rana, George Blaustein, and more.

January 17, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Kang; Moshfegh; Ronsino; Xilonen; Cusk 0

New this week: Human Acts by Han Kang; Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh; Glaxo by Hernán Ronsino; The Gringo Champion by Aura Xilonen; and Transit by Rachel Cusk. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.