Mark O'Connell Mark O'Connell is Slate's books columnist and a staff writer for the Millions. BooksNov. 2 2012 11:24 PMThe Different DrummerJames Wood wishes he was Keith Moon, but thank goodness he’s not.Mark O'ConnellBooksSept. 7 2012 11:28 PMThe Genius in the RoomD.T. Max’s biography of David Foster Wallace.Mark O'ConnellBooksMay 5 2012 12:22 AMThe Critic as MemoiristJonathan Lethem’s new book on Talking Heads is the latest entry in an exciting new hybrid form.Mark O'Connell CultureboxSept. 18 2012 4:04 AMThe Fine Art of the Fart JokeHas there ever been a comedian more obsessed with the human body than Rob Delaney?Mark O'ConnellCultureboxMay 23 2012 7:11 AMThere You Go AgainIn defense of writers, filmmakers, and composers who return to the same themes, settings, and motifs over and over and over again.Mark O'Connell News & Politics Politics July 6 2015 5:39 PM Why Bernie Sanders Is the Left’s Ron Paul He isn’t going to win his party’s nomination, but his popularity still matters. 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