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How Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Relatives Felt About Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Book

“Your f—ing struggle.”

Sept. 18 2018 10:30 AMOn ConsolationWhat I wanted from Barthes was a passage out of the dismal place in which I found myself in my teens.
Sept. 14 2018 12:58 PMCan Human Beings Ever Give Up Identity?Gender, creed, country, color, class, and culture. Why do they matter?
Sept. 10 2018 10:30 AMHands on FranzIn Kafka’s Last Trial, Benjamin Balint charts the court battle over manuscripts that were never supposed to exist.
Sept. 7 2018 2:31 PMJust Behind the BeatA perfectly timed, well-tuned chronicle of the past, present, and future of jazz.
Sept. 5 2018 10:23 AMWhere’s Baby? There She Is!Literature ignores the lives of new mothers. With The Golden State, Lydia Kiesling changes that.
Aug. 16 2018 10:32 AMJust Read the Book AlreadyDigital culture doesn’t have to make you a shallow reader. But you have to do something about it.
Aug. 13 2018 9:00 AMFinding the Laughs in the Decline of the HumanitiesA conversation with Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement.
July 25 2018 9:00 AMIn the BloodMegan Abbott’s new teenage-friendship novel is really a horror story about female rage.
July 9 2018 3:13 PMWhat Philosophy Can Teach Us About Trump’s America—and What It Can’tMartha Nussbaum’s new book diagnoses our political crisis but fails to offer a practical cure.
July 5 2018 9:00 AMAll Our Work Holds GoodRereading the poet Donald Hall’s beautiful children’s book Ox-Cart Man in a time of turmoil.
June 21 2018 10:00 AMQueering the NovelA conversation between Jordy Rosenberg and Alexander Chee.
June 20 2018 10:00 AMState of ContradictionsLawrence Wright paints an intimate, nuanced portrait of Texas. If only he had been willing to look harder at its racial dynamics.
June 19 2018 5:55 AM“Just Me. The President of the United States, Facing a Mob of Accusers”The best part of the deeply bad thriller co-authored by Bill Clinton and James Patterson is imagining the book as a projection of Clinton’s inner life.
June 7 2018 12:13 PMThe Crushing Sorrow of BarracoonIn Zora Neale Hurston’s account of the last known survivor of the middle passage, her luxuriant sense of black life collides with his unspeakable grief.
June 4 2018 5:45 AMHer Unmanageable BodyPorochista Khakpour’s arresting Sick upends all the tropes of the illness memoir.
Sept. 17 2018 5:45 AMRighteousImani Perry explores the legacy of Lorraine Hansberry—and what she represents in the era of Black Lives Matter.
Sept. 12 2018 9:30 AMHis Struggle Has EndedWhen Karl Ove Knausgaard’s epic of the quotidian works, it’s majestic. When it’s about Hitler, it’s jaw-droppingly bad.
Sept. 9 2018 4:57 PMNobody’s HeroesBob Woodward’s new book presents Trump staffers as our last line of defense. We’re doomed.
Sept. 6 2018 9:00 AMThe Agony of BureaucracyA conversation with Lydia Kiesling about The Golden State.
Aug. 24 2018 7:30 AM“The Great Minor City of America”A portrait of Oklahoma City as seen through its basketball team, its weird citizens, and its tornadoes.
Aug. 15 2018 3:04 PMHow Nuclear War HappenedA new novel tells the story behind the terrible U.S.–North Korea war of 2020.
Aug. 12 2018 7:15 PMThe Impossible Legacy of V.S. NaipaulMany of his books are masterpieces. When I interviewed him, I couldn’t keep the look of disgust off my face.
July 19 2018 10:23 AMThe Big SleepThe narrator of Ottessa Moshfegh’s swaggering novel hopes to sleep her life away.
July 9 2018 5:55 AMThe Big SeepReading Raymond Chandler in the age of #MeToo.
June 27 2018 1:21 PMThe Puzzle BoxEven on the pages of his own memoir, David Lynch remains a mystery.
June 21 2018 8:30 AMWell-Behaved Women Make History TooWhat gets lost when it’s only the rebel girls who get lionized?
June 19 2018 9:00 AMHeatstrokeLauren Groff dives headlong into her adopted home state in Florida.
June 12 2018 5:55 AMThe New Book About The Simpsons Is Hilarious, Joke-a-Minute, and Overstays Its WelcomeSpringfield Confidential recreates the best and worst of the game-changing sitcom.
June 5 2018 8:30 AMErrol Morris Refutes It ThusThe filmmaker’s new book continues an argument with the philosopher Thomas Kuhn begun in 1972.
May 31 2018 9:48 AMThe Biographer in the BubbleRobert Hilburn’s authorized life of Paul Simon.

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