A profile of the editor behind Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, Jay Z’s Decoded, and more.
On George Plimpton and the founders of The Paris Review.
Early in the fifties another young generation of American expatriates in Paris became twenty-six years old, but they were not Sad Young Men, nor were they Lost; they were the witty, irreverent sons of a conquering nation.
“You read enough books in which people like you are disposable, or are dirt, or are silent, absent, or worthless, and it makes an impact on you. Because art makes the world, because it matters, because it makes us. Or breaks us.”
The origin story of Gabriel García Márquez’s classic.
A moment of racism at Harvard leads the writer to consider Huckleberry Finn.
The men whose profitable (and self-serving) antics preserved what we know of the Brontë sisters.
The adventures and controversies of the avant-garde poet Kenneth Goldsmith, who believes plagiarism is an art form.
Hemingway was in love with two women at once. He found the experience wrenching.
He had the mind of a scholar, but he always insisted he didn’t want to be one.
In which Eliot analyzes Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and D.H. Lawrence.