August 27, 2013
“Books are solitudes in which we meet,” Rebecca Solnit wrote. But before the meeting comes the solitude, the book as a private space that a reader steps into, and there are moments when escaping into a book is a bid for some measure of seclusion. If the solitude you crave at the moment is a quiet one, here’s a short reading list of quiet books that I’ve recently read and admired.
August 26, 2013
The books on this list range from the personal to the mythological to the journalistic, and some intertwine all three. They all depict a world of stark contrasts. There is danger here.
July 9, 2013
What you need to read, what you might want to, and what you can pass over without losing sleep.
July 8, 2013
At 9,000 words strong and encompassing 86 titles, this is the only second-half 2013 book preview you will ever need.
June 13, 2013
by Edan Lepucki
I’d love to read a novel narrated by Eloise’s mother. She’s a rich fuck-up, to be sure, maybe a functioning alcoholic with a penchant for Bloody Marys at breakfast and champagne every afternoon.
May 28, 2013
If you can read, you can cook—and if you can’t cook, you can always read cookbooks.
April 30, 2013
by Matt Seidel
There is an almost gravitational pull towards farce that draws everything from Congressional budget negotiations to the badminton competition at the 2012 London Olympics into its field. Several recent farcical works have crafted its chaotic order to predictably entertaining effect. If you missed any of these the first time around, fear not.
April 24, 2013
by Nick Moran
The third (and final) installment in our Great Taxonomy of Literary Tumblrs, featuring Daily Cheever, Neruda Cats, Poets Without Clothes (NSFW), Free Crap on the Side of the Road, and more.
March 13, 2013
It seems to be a Dutch national record: Herman Koch’s novel The Dinner reaching the ninth position on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s time to take a closer look at some newly translated Dutch fiction.
February 14, 2013
by Carolyn Ross
Teenage boys might be closed books, but the ones that they open are those in which the author manages to capture the honest-to-god truth about coming age.