Articles by Thomas Beckwith

November 27, 2016

Rise Up 0

“Our culture has focused so much attention on the most visible members of the Black Panthers that it has been easy to forget it was a nationwide organization — an entity that needed to attract ordinary people who believed in something and were also willing to work for it.” In the Times, Rembert Browne reviews two new books about […]

November 27, 2016

Fanged 0

If you’re wondering why you should read this new essay on Jack London, consider this sentence: “Born in 1876, the year of Little Bighorn and Custer’s Last Stand, the prolific writer would die in the year John T. Thompson invented the submachine gun.” In Smithsonian Magazine, Kenneth Brandt explores the brief life of the author.

November 26, 2016

“Forsterian-by-way-of-the-Beatles” 0

Recommended Reading: Joanna Biggs on Zadie Smith and Swing Time, which we reviewed.

November 26, 2016

Fear Factor 0

Colson Whitehead has some advice: write the book that “scares you shitless.” In a recent, wide-ranging interview with John Freeman, the Underground Railroad author talks about why he wrote his latest novel, along with his methods for sussing out good ideas. You could also read our review of The Underground Railroad. 

November 22, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Chabon; Lamb; Walcott; Muldoon; Pushkin 0

New this week: Moonglow by Michael Chabon; I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb; Morning, Paramin by Derek Walcott and Peter Doig; Selected Poems 1968-2014 by Paul Muldoon; and a new Richard Pevear translation of Alexander Pushkin’s complete prose. For more on these and other new titles, go read our latest fiction and nonfiction book previews.

November 20, 2016

A Story of Immigrants 0

Recently, the BBC adapted Zadie Smith’s novel NW, converting its tale of four London natives into a ninety-minute chunk of premium television. At The New Statesman, Anna Leskiewicz writes about how the adaptation is fitting in the wake of Brexit.

November 20, 2016

Six Books in Twenty Years 0

“Whatever the facts of her life – whether she turned out to be an ancient man living in the Icelandic interior or a woman waiting tables at a Texan diner – Ferrante writes in an autobiographical mode. That is fuel for the truthers, a sort of literary ankle-flashing. But it is also good cover for […]

November 19, 2016

Native Believer 0

Recommended: Ten contemporary novels by and about Muslims you should read.

November 19, 2016

The Good Fight 0

Sometimes — like now, say — an artist has to ask what it means to continue working. At The Rumpus, Lara Downes explores her resolve to keep playing and teaching music, and writes about what she’s done while teaching in Louisville this week.

November 15, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Smith; Noah; Sealy; Wideman; Hopler; Cash 0

Out this week: Swing Time by Zadie Smith; Born a Crime by Trevor Noah; The China Sketchbook by I. Allen Sealy; Writing to Save a Life by John Edgar Wideman; The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler; and Forever Words by the late Johnny Cash. For more on these and other new titles, go read our latest fiction and nonfiction book previews.