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October 4, 2017

An Ode to Reading on Public Transit 5


In the past six months, I’ve finished 15 novels. My thoughts have since kaleidoscoped; my dreams have evolved; my concentration has slowly but surely fortified over time. I use social media less and less each day.

August 9, 2017

Imani Josey Wants to Tell Black Girls’ Stories 0


I’m not sure how many other black girls are on the cover of YA fantasy book series, and I’m not sure how many lead their own stories as protagonists. But judging by Lee & Low’s annual research, the number is incredibly low.

June 15, 2017

Don’t Talk About Your Book Until It’s Published 14


Am I writing a book now? That’s between me and my hypothetical manuscript. I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut, hunker down, and get to work.

April 4, 2017

Alternate Writing Residencies for the Trump Era 1


I couldn’t have been more charmed by this rest stop, a wood stove, a solarium with its plant powered waste-treatment plant. There were desks and a view, as well as unlimited coffee, and, I was told, sometimes they provided Twizzlers.

March 16, 2017

An Inside Job: Lessons from Watergate for the Trump Era 1


Since much of the material being leaked about alleged connections between Trump and Russia involves classified national security matters, Trump can plausibly threaten to prosecute the leakers. And, unlike Nixon, Trump has a stalwart Republican majority in both houses of Congress.

March 9, 2017

Exclusive First Look: Nicole Krauss’s ‘Forest Dark’ 1


Nicole Krauss is back with her first novel in seven years.

March 7, 2017

Bring Back the Book Jacket Photo 7


Bring back those full-page portraits that pronounced I wrote a book, damn it.

February 9, 2017

The Best Snow Story Ever 3


Gass began writing the story “to entertain a toothache.” That’s an appropriate anecdote. A philosopher by training and a critic by practice, Gass has always been in love with language. Words are his God.

January 27, 2017

Why the National Magazine Awards Quietly Dropped Its Fiction Category 0


Short stories aren’t clickbait. They don’t make much noise or much money. And yet the best of them long outlast the paper on which they were first printed.

January 9, 2017

How I Got It: ‘Breakfast of Champions’ 6


That I could have found a book that so enflamed me in such a serene, well-meaning place now seems to me a rude and minor marvel.