Elif Batuman’s The Idiot is a hilarious, poignant, and deviously wise novel, couched in the late-adolescent sensibilities of its narrator, Selin. As a freshman at Harvard in 1995, Selin is overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and its possibilities. Batuman skillfully shows how the brilliance of
By Lucas Gonzalez I first met the poet Jacques Rancourt in San Francisco in 2015. An interesting anecdote about the small and interconnected universe we writer-types live in: Mr. Rancourt, as he was then known to his students, recently filled a teaching position, one that I had
Jia Tolentino and Puja Patel are friends. When you meet them it is easy to see why. Aside from the natural connections—both women of color, writers and former Gawker editors—theirs is a friendship based around the kinship of commonality. While each woman has had a
What Belongs To You, the debut novel by Garth Greenwell, feels intimate, like a sleek, conspiratorial conversation in the dark. Greenwell, who is also a poet, tells the story of an American teacher in Bulgaria with sensuously textured prose that often trembles with the powerful
Passion and philosophy are the twin rivers that run through Maggie Nelson’s body of work, most notably in her latest book, The Argonauts—though perhaps she wouldn’t see these pursuits as totally different enterprises. As a writer, her books resist categorization; they blend art criticism, queer
Dorothea Lasky is an American poet, born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 27, 1978. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She also has an Ed.M. from Harvard University in Arts & Education and an Ed.D. from the University
A moral compass is critical to certain kinds of literary endeavors, and no writer illustrates this better in our time than James Carroll, the author of nearly twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently, the novel Warburg in Rome and an engaging work of
Alexandra Wolfe writes profiles for the Wall Street Journal. She also pens books and cover stories for Vanity Fair. A personal favorite of mine? She wrote about sitting in on Silicon Valley’s “Cougar Night” for Vanity Fair a few years ago. Wolfe reports about her
Jade Chang interviewed by Sarah Hoenicke “Sometimes just living your life in a way that is completely unapologetic is a rebellion.” Jade Chang’s debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, is an extraordinarily balanced first book. Often, debuts lack perfect continuity—containing lapses into portions of
Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning criminal justice journalist and true crime author. His first nonfiction book, The Triangle: A Year on the Ground with New York’s Bloods and Crips (2014), is an immersive account of the year the author spent covering a Bloods-Crips gang war
Chloe Caldwell is the author of three books, I’ll Tell You in Person (2016), Women (2014), and Legs Get Led Astray (2012), which will be reprinted in 2017. Her work has been published in Lenny Letter, Vice, Salon, Nylon, Men’s Health, and in multiple anthologies.
Daniel Jones’ Modern Love column at The New York Times and his social media posts about the job (Twitter, Facebook) have granted him online-lit-celebrity status. Every week a new submission is posted to his column after having been read, responded to, edited, fact-checked, contracted, copy-edited, and confirmed.
by Kayla Tanenbaum There’s a good story behind the genesis of Adam Robinson’s award-winning small press, Publishing Genius. Adam was pursuing an MFA in “Creative Writing and Publishing” at the University of Baltimore when he received an assignment to present a unique journal idea that
Editor’s Note: Below is an interview with Irish novelist Darragh McKeon. In light of the election, we want to reify the power of literature to transform tragedy into art, and the responsibility we all have to create with compassion and social consciousness. On April
Interview with Deborah Smith, Publisher and Editor at Tilted Axis Press By Cassie Davies Outstanding non-English literature has faced tremendous difficulty crossing the borders of domestic publication imposed by the publishing industries of the United States and the United Kingdom. In the US and UK,
Ottessa Moshfegh is the author of the novel McGlue, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the novel Eileen, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Ottessa was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize. Her stories have
This interview was originally published on nototally.com, read & listen here: http://nototally.com/anti-blackness-bernard-hayman/ Shaun Lau is an Asian-American occasional writer and host of the film and social issues podcast No, Totally! Follow him on Twitter, @NoTotally, and find his work at http://nototally.com . Bernard A. Hayman
By Kayla Tanenbaum Before becoming an author, Larry Tye was an award-winning journalist, from 1986-2001, at The Boston Globe. He uses his background journalism to write nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics: his first biography, The Father of Spin, tells the story of
By Zoe Marquedant Editor’s note: Rowan’s exhibition celebrates its opening this Thursday, November 3rd, at 6pm at Birch Coffee on the Upper West Side. More info here. See more of Rowan’s art on her instagram and website. What do we do for our own sake?
Andrew H. Miller interviews James Shapiro for Columbia Journal. James Shapiro is the Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985, and his full biography is below. He will speak with Professor Lis Harris for the Nonfiction Dialogues series on November 2nd,
by Kayla Tanenbaum When Emily Witt pitched Future Sex, she sold it as Gay Talese’s Thy Neighbor’s Wife for the post-internet generation. Emily’s editor suggested that she make Future Sex more personal, and the resulting book—which evolved into a series of essays—fulfills that goal. By
Dr. Chuck Tingle is a Hugo Award nominee and erotic author from Billings, Montana. According to his website and his twitter, he is also a Tae Kwon Do grandmaster (almost black belt), the recipient of a PhD in holistic massage from DeVry University. Dr. Tingle’s responses came via email. Out of consideration for Dr.
Tim Murphy’s Christodora is a time-traveling, political, historical, educational heartbreaker of a novel. Christodora’s seven main characters are connected in the story by the title’s eponymous building in New York City: the Christodora on the Lower East Side. It delivers a fresh perspective on an oft-explored
By Sihan Tan How does one argue for the burning of books? Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China and mastermind behind her Great Wall, incinerated three thousand years of literature precisely because of his love for the past, or so Borges romanticises. Not
The Golden Playwright – a conversation with David Henry Hwang by Carla Stockton David Henry Hwang (Columbia Univerity School of the Arts Website) I am on the phone with David Henry Hwang, the Concentration Head of the Playwriting program in the Drama Division of
by Carla Stockton
“I was so focused. You know. I gave up a lot, like my teen years, but I got exactly what I wanted because I went after it.”
A conversation with Gerrit Joost de Jonge and a collective conversation with writers, essayists, and artists making the case for transnational collaboration, including: Dinah Berland, Emily Bilman, Peter Frank, John Fuller, Joy Harjo, Juliën Holtrigter, Onno Kosters, Robert C. Morgan, Diederik Oostdijk, Saul Ostrow, and Robert Wynne.
“Gods want to make matter. Magicians, or alchemists, want to change matter. And the scientists want to classify, or categorize, matter. As a writer you should want to be, or you should want to try to be, all three. You can always be a scientist, if you’re lucky you can be a magician or alchemist. Few, very few, become gods.”
“I think our idea of what poetry is should be continuously evolving. As humans, we always want an answer that fits easily into a quotable sound-byte, but the truth is that the answers are complex and ever-changing.”
by Carla Stockton
Editor, critic, novelist, and Oscarologist, Thelma Adams sees her gender as an advantage. “As a female journalist,” she explains, “I let the women I interview be as intelligent as they actually are. There’s no need to hide that light under a basket, to pretend.”
If a joke is to survive the journey into another language, if it is to hit the mark even when its cultural context can no longer be taken for granted, its point may need to be adjusted or somehow re-sharpened.
To me drawing is about origins. When you have an idea in your head you extract it by writing, sketching and scribbling it out. The first mark making gesture comes from uncertainty and chance which is what I find most interesting and exciting in all art.
I believe in towering ambition when it’s you alone with your work, but out in the world, I don’t think being a good artist is more important than being a good person.
by Ella Delaney
If you want to be a journalist or probably even a writer in general, a reporter in the broadest sense of the word, you already have that curiosity which comes from wondering what your parents are up to behind closed doors.
Good early readers—that is readers who are honest, insightful, and unafraid to tell the truth—can save a writer months of work.