From the Newsstand
May 20, 2011
by Rob Goodman
All art is engaged in world-building, and it can be accomplished as successfully in 14 lines as in 500 pages.
April 25, 2011
by Deena Drewis
In the wake of comments Jennifer Egan made after her Pulitzer win, former Egan fans are uniting under the notion that in addition to being a meanie, Egan is setting feminists back 50 years. How could she?
February 16, 2011
What we need are more serious movies with multiracial characters/casts that aren’t SCARE QUOTES MOVIES ABOUT RACE END SCARE QUOTES. We need more movies that simultaneously are and aren’t about race: movies that are dramas and comedies, about love, death, the usual human plots—and also happen to be about race.
January 4, 2011
Several years ago I started cataloging the fiction published in The New Yorker in a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet began merely as a way to keep track of what I’d read, but I soon became curious about what the spreadsheet’s data-sorting capabilities could reveal.
October 21, 2010
by James Santel
Rock-and-roll memoirs are among the most persistently disappointing literary subgenre. Genius that relies on fleeting inspiration, gut feeling, and unthinking improvisation is ill suited to the slow, reflective process of writing. It takes an outsider to get inside.
September 29, 2010
by Ujala Sehgal
But did we quote from The End of the Affair because of our romantic failures, or were we failing romantically because we could quote from The End of the Affair?
August 16, 2010
A look at Time‘s 83 literary coverboys and -girls reveals a waffling between reaching out and selling out that, today, we’d describe as Franzean.
June 7, 2010
The rewards of fiction can be greater than that of nonfiction—the ecstatic feeling of transport when you’re pulled into the world of a story, given a new window into human experience—but you can also come away from a story angry that the writer has just wasted 45 minutes of your life.
May 3, 2010
The cover of Fiction 2010 offers, to say the least, a provocative vision. The future is plentiful and bright—and there is not an iPad in sight.
April 7, 2010
What if I couldn’t judge a book by a yoga mat? Would I find better matches, or perhaps more accurate ones?