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August 2, 2016

Rich People Problems: On Jay McInerney’s ‘Bright, Precious Days’ 2

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That sound you hear in the background is the world’s smallest violin playing “New York, New York.”

August 1, 2016

One Monster Replaces Another: On John Domini’s ‘Movieola!’ 1

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Today, they say, we’re in a golden age of television, the vast free market of cable opening up new avenues for how moving picture stories come to be…Part of the thrust of Domini’s argument is that big screen filmmaking now finds itself threatened by its own creation, all those little screens like an army of ants taking down an elephant. 

July 29, 2016

No Miss Havishams Here: On Emma Rathbone’s ‘Losing It’ 0

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Literary virgins with any agency are few and far between.

July 27, 2016

The Writer is Not Here: On Nihilism and the Writing Life 5

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Just as writing may induce multifarious forms of anxiety, the right words are also a middle finger to the dying of the light.

July 26, 2016

The Perils of Writing Wilderness: On Dave Eggers’s ‘Heroes of the Frontier’ 7

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Dave Eggers’s Alaska loses something essential to itself.

July 25, 2016

Dredging a Riverine Mind: On “Pond” 0

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The combination of a life-left-behind and the lack of a distinct life-to-come leaves the book swirling in some kind of dream-like stasis, the tiny world of house and garden mushrooming until those narrow grounds constitute an entire universe.

July 18, 2016

White Lives Matter: On Nancy Isenberg’s ‘White Trash’ 4

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Isenberg appears to have decided to write a history of poor white America and then persuaded herself that poor black America was only tangential to her story.

July 15, 2016

Becoming a Tugboat: On Rikki Ducornet’s ‘Brightfellow’ 0

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In Brightfellow, Ducornet forces readers to experience the physicality of reading, to feel and taste the act of storytelling.

July 14, 2016

Why Now, Florida Man? On Craig Pittman’s ‘Oh, Florida!’ 0

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The ideal Florida Man story involves a woman named Crystal Metheny firing a missile into a car, while a South Florida Man story involves bodybuilding ex-soldiers getting their international Molly ring busted because of a pornstar’s temper tantrum.

June 30, 2016

Remembering the Present: On Chuck Klosterman’s ‘But What if We’re Wrong?’ 15

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Klosterman’s conversations with Neil deGrasse Tyson and string theorist Brain Greene prove to be fascinating, if creepy, measured discussions of whether life might be a simulation.