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Reviews and Essays:

On Stephen Greenblatt’s Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

On Eleanor Henderson’s Twelve-Mile Straight

On Jean M Twenge’s iGen

On Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing

On Claire Messud’s The Burning Girl 

On Bruce Handy’s Wild Things

On Alissa Nutting’s Made for Love

On Anne Helen Petersen’s Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud

On Sarah Perry’s Essex Serpent

How Did ‘Witch Hunt’ Become the Complaint of the Powerful? 

On Courtney Maum’s Touch

On David Sedaris’s Theft by Finding

On Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy

On Ivanka Trump’s Women Who Work

On Deb Olin Unferth’s Wait Till You See Me Dance

On Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Devil and Webster 

On Elif Batuman’s The Idiot

On Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up 

On Katie Kitamura’s A Separation

On Claudia Rowe’s The Spider and the Fly

On Han Kang’s Human Acts

On Aravind Adiga’s Selection Day

On Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C

On Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

On Anne Carson’s Float

On Jeremiah Towers’s Table Manners

On Brit Bennett’s The Mothers

On Fran Wilde’s Cloudbound

On Eimear McBride’s The Lesser Bohemians

On Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth

On Ian McEwan’s Nutshell

On Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow 

The Wonderful, Terrible Power of Food in Roald Dahl

On Luke Dittrich’s Patient H.M. 

On Nadja Spiegelman’s I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This

On Megan Abbott’s You Will Know Me

On Gay Talese’s The Voyeur’s Motel

On Catherine Banner’s The House at the Edge of Night

On Patrick Flanery’s I Am No One

An appreciation of The Toast 

Annie Proulx’s Barkskins is Lovely, Dark, and Deep

On harassment and Jessica Valenti’s Sex Object 

On Ben Lerner’s irresponsible Hatred of Poetry

Rivka Galchen’s Little Labors 

An essay on radical fatness, internet trolls, and Lindy West’s Shrill

An essay on glamorized murder, stalking, and Maggie Nelson’s The Red Parts

An essay on queerness and reconciling feminism and domesticity 

Edna O’Brien’s The Little Red Chairs

Ethan Canin’s A Doubter’s Almanac

John Wray’s The Lost Time Accidents

Gloria Norris’s Kookooland

Rachel Cantor’s Good on Paper

Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling

Elizabeth Stout’s Lucy Barton

Diana Athill’s Alive, Alive Oh!

David Searcy’s Shame and Wonder

Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)’s Career of Evil

Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time

Sarai Walker’s Dietland

Anna Lyndsey’s Girl in the Dark

Miranda July’s The First Bad Man

Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking

Charles D’Ambrosio’s Loitering

Lindsay Hunter’s Ugly Girls

Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl

Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night

Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist

Emily Gould’s Friendship

Jennifer Weiner’s All Fall Down

The collected love letters of Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing

Francine Prose’s Lovers at the Chameleon Club

Maggie Shipstead’s Astonish Me

Mary Beard’s Confronting the Classics

The Book of Jezebel

Natsuo Kirino’s The Goddess Chronicle

Tao Lin’s Tapei

Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher

Will Self’s Umbrella

Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary

Arts and Fashion: 

On Americana under Trump

On the Royal Gifts exhibit

On Doug Menuez’s ‘Fearless Genius’ exhibition

On Osaretin Ugiagbe’s ‘Unbelonging’ exhibition

On Weegee

On ‘Urban Riders’ by Mohamed Bourouissa

On ‘War/PostWar’ by Fons Iannelli

On ‘press++’ by Thomas Ruff

On ‘Mathematics’ by Peter Fraser

Profiles:

A Visit With Mary Beard

Roxane Gay: ‘Bad Feminist,’ Real Person

The Professionally Haunted Life of Helen Oyeyemi

‘Smoke’ Author Dan Vyketa Keeps It Messy 


Selected News Coverage:

National Book Awards 2014

Chinua Achebe’s death, and literary accomplishments

Race and gender diversity questions in Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Writers’

Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son wins the Pulitzer Prize


Larks & Miscellanea:

A conversation with CTV’s Marcia MacMillan on Ivanka Trump’s Women Who Work

A conversation with NPR’s Linda Wertheimer about the death of the inimitable Jackie Collins

The Critics Raved

A ‘New’ Sappho Poem: Translation and Commentary

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