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Francesco Pacifico Confronts Fiction’s Oldest Questions
His new novel,
The Women I Love
, asks if men can accurately portray and represent the experiences of women.
March 1, 2022
Stephen Crane’s Lifetime of Mystery
His visceral fiction and journalism might be best understood as a literature of pure immediacy.
February 24, 2022
The Enigma of Roberto Bolaño
David Kurnick’s new book reappraises the Chilean writer, clarifying the preconceptions and myths that haunted his earliest work.
February 15, 2022
What Might the World Look Like in 2025?
A dispatch from the future.
February 8, 2022
The Haunted World of Edith Wharton
Whether exploring the dread of everyday life or the horrors of the occult, her ghost tales documented an America haunted by the specters of isolation, class, and despair.
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January 14, 2022
Rebecca Solnit Is Not Giving Up Hope
An interview with the essayist about the need for bread and roses—especially in perilous times.
December 21, 2021
Alfred Döblin’s Surreal Foray Into Climate Fiction
The 20th-century German writer’s novel
Mountains Oceans Giants
is a stunning and strange look into what an environmental apocalypse might look like.
November 29, 2021
Gayl Jones’s Epic of Liberation
In her new novel,
Jones offers a story of slavery and freedom in the Americas.
Farah Jasmine Griffin
November 26, 2021
When Real Life Feels More Like Science Fiction
As almost happened in
The War of the Worlds
, we could kiss this planet goodbye—and if that’s not science fiction transformed into fact of the first order, what is?
November 26, 2021
Dennis Cooper’s Love Story of a Lifetime
His new book,
, asks: What can a novel do in the service of remembering a lost love?