Articles by Hannah Gersen

August 29, 2017

Text Me: On New Technology in Fiction 21

When writers incorporate new technology into their novels, they run the risk of dating themselves by writing about something that will soon become obsolete. Almost every writer and editor I contacted asked me how long I thought text messages would even be relevant. Would they soon be relics, a particular communication that we used only for a brief period of time?

July 20, 2017

Ten Ways to Organize Your Bookshelf 17

Part of the fun of reorganizing your books is considering all your options, so here are 10 organizational strategies for the next time you find yourself in the throes of moving, decluttering, or, if you’re anything like me, procrastinating.

June 12, 2017

A Visit to ‘the Desert of After Proust’ 4

When I first started thinking about this post, I wanted to title it: How Proust Convinced Me to Give Up My Smartphone. But to write that essay, I’d have to give up my phone, and I don’t want to.

March 3, 2017

What Marcel Proust Taught Me About Characterization 2

Literary characters are like long distance friends. Your perception of them is brief, but intense.

February 14, 2017

Women Seen and Heard: A Hollywood Trend Worth Celebrating 29

To be a woman in a movie, you’re probably straight, and you’re probably white. You’re probably quite thin with great skin and a large wardrobe. Your living space is probably very clean and well decorated. You’re probably smiling. Or laughing. If you’re crying, you look really beautiful while the tears stream down your face, and men fall in love with you.

December 11, 2016

A Year in Reading: Hannah Gersen 10

The day after the election, in an attempt to find some equilibrium, I returned to In Search of Lost Time. The scene I read happened to be one in which Baron de Charlus misreads a social situation and as a result, loses the person he loves most dearly. His error is a familiar one: he doesn’t observe or even suspect the simmering resentment of someone else.

November 28, 2016

The 2016 Millions Gift Guide for Readers and Writers 0

This Irish whiskey, “gently spiced with a burst of ginger and butterscotch,” is perfect for those dark nights of the soul, when the words won’t come, or the rejection notes just won’t stop coming.

November 8, 2016

Layered in Sleep with Marcel Proust 0

As you might well expect from an invalid, Proust brings a wealth of personal experience to the subject of sleep.

September 21, 2016

Living in French: The Millions Interviews Lauren Collins 0

The better my language skills get, the more I’m aware of, the more I’m able to penetrate. It’s fantastic. It’s been unlocking this secret cave full of riches I could never access before. It’s a midlife gift — both as a person and as a reporter.

August 31, 2016

Proust Book Club: On Reading Recklessly 3

In real life, it would be hazardous to take on another person’s point of view so completely, but in reading, you can be reckless.