Articles by Thomas Beckwith

July 2, 2017

Another View 0

“But we are lured into believing that the first person is the manifestation of an authentic self. Or: we fall for the first person because we feel so little coherence in our own internal lives, and immersing ourselves in a sustained first person narrative gives us the false reassurance of an illusion.”

July 1, 2017

Wizard Jail 0

Recommended Reading: Hannah Rose-Woods on totalitarianism in the wizarding world.

June 27, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Basu; Fuller; Bollen; Spencer; Fallon; Laird 0

Out this week: The Windfall by Diksha Basu; Quiet Until the Thaw by Alexandra Fuller; The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen; River Under the Road by Scott Spencer; The Confusion of Languages by Siobhan Fallon; and Modern Gods by Nick Laird. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

June 25, 2017

The Parent Trap 0

“This is how he justified what he did even as he knew what kind of parent he’d become, the kind that used to make him gag as recently as two months ago. The ones who blithely assumed their online friends were gluttons for punishment. Here’s my baby lying on his back! And here’s my baby […]

June 24, 2017

The People Hath Spoken 0

Is it possible to figure out Shakespeare’s politics from his plays? At the very least, there’s a lot we can learn.

June 20, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Baker; Sauma; Shawn; Moore; Moore 0

Out this week: Our Little Racket by Anjelica Baker; Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma; Night Thoughts by Wallace Shawn; The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey Moore; and New Collected Poems by Marianne Moore. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

June 18, 2017

“We have so little time anyway” 0

Recommended Reading: The Rumpus interviews John Grisham.

June 17, 2017

The Old Town 0

“What knits together the families of Roth’s Newark are adults—some foreign-born but many the children of immigrants—who either experienced the insecurity and deprivation of the Old World themselves or heard stories about it from their own parents. What they want most is to find stability in a neighborhood, in a city, and in a country […]

June 13, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Gay; LaValle; Beattie; Everett; Jaswal; Hamilton; Cole 0

Out this week: Hunger by Roxane Gay; The Changeling by Victor LaValle; The Accomplished Guest by Ann Beattie; So Much Blue by Percival Everett; Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal; The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton; and Blind Spot by Teju Cole. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

June 11, 2017

First Steps 0

Can a book prepare you for motherhood? A reader asks this question in the Match Book column in the Times.