Articles by Thomas Beckwith

April 23, 2017

In/Out 0

“This question of presence seems crucial to Tillman’s project. Her position in a text is tricky—she operates both inside and outside of it, which allows her to thwart distanced critical authority and also perform the aesthetic slippages she admires in others’ work.” On Lynne Tillman’s new story collection.

April 22, 2017

Gilead 0

Recommended Reading: Willa Paskin’s review of Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.

April 18, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Yuknavitch; Radtke; Baume; Joaquin; Statovci 0

Out this week: The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch; Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke; A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume; The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Tales of the Tropical Gothic by Nick Joaquin; and My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

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.