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October 7, 2016

The Other Folio: On the Legacy of Ben Jonson 1


Outside of academic circles, where there has been a resurgence in interest, Jonson is a distant third in the contemporary popular imagination about the time period, after canonical William Shakespeare and sexy Christopher Marlowe.

October 6, 2016

Don’t Call It a Novel (It’s Been Here for Years) 9


This phenomenon of misidentifying a story collection as a novel is surprisingly common, both in book reviewing and in polite conversation.

October 6, 2016

Occupy Author Photo: On Elena Ferrante, Privacy, and Women Writers 16


I have come to wonder if, perhaps, for women, author photos are too often a lose-lose situation.

October 5, 2016

The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart 2


I’d been living there as a tumbleweed for nearly three weeks.

October 4, 2016

Frank Ocean and the Black Male Body 0


Frank Ocean asserts the elasticity of black maleness.

September 29, 2016

Edward Albee Was My Mailman 3


It turned out that Albee was an elusive kind of mailman. He’d drive up to our house, quietly drop off the mail on the kitchen counter, and slip away.

September 27, 2016

The Author Wore Prada 10


The need for nuanced representations of fashion in fiction has never been greater. Fashion offers a unique lens to view some of the most important issues of our time: class, gender, race, and sexuality.

September 26, 2016

Killing Me Softly 0


One day I went to work on my novel and, to my surprise, a part of it had been rewritten. My boyfriend, seeing my unease, told me that he had done it, that he thought I needed to be funnier.

September 22, 2016

Setting a Rant to Music: On Adapting Thomas Bernhard’s ‘The Loser’ for the Opera 0


I couldn’t read The Loser silently. I ended up yelling the entire book to my reflection in the mirror in my bathroom, from start to finish, which was very exciting. And that day I started imagining what it would be like to add music to it.

September 16, 2016

Literary Touchstones: On the Life and Death of Marcel Proust 1


As Proust wrote upon hearing of the writer John Ruskin’s death: “I am shown how paltry a thing death is when I see how vigorously this dead man lives.”