Mark O'Connell Mark O'Connell

Mark O'Connell is Slate's books columnist and a staff writer for the Millions.

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Oct. 9 2014 7:43 AMVaccine as MetaphorOn Immunity is a brilliant book-length essay about very old fears.
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Aug. 7 2014 7:49 AMRacial DysphoriaJess Row’s novel explores a world where racial reassignment surgery is becoming commonplace.
Brow Beat
June 16 2014 7:50 AMThis Wonderful Shop That Ulysses Made Famous May Not See the Next Bloomsday
Culturebox
May 19 2014 11:37 PM“Hang in There!” –Arthur SchopenhauerQuotation websites and the outsourcing of erudition.
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April 8 2014 7:45 AMThe FlinchLeslie Jamison’s discomfiting essays explore the pain of others and how it affects the self.
Brow Beat
March 31 2014 4:12 PMA Brief History of the Self-Interview, From F. Scott Fitzgerald to Nicki Minaj
Culturebox
Jan. 29 2014 5:48 PMThe Stunning Success of “Fail Better”How Samuel Beckett became Silicon Valley’s life coach.
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Jan. 8 2014 1:43 PMOur FanThe denizens of a grim future tell us a story in Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea.
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Dec. 3 2013 10:49 AMA Species of ScheherazadesAn inventive comic about the human need for storytelling.
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Nov. 5 2013 10:15 AMThe IntellectualSusan Sontag’s 1978 Rolling Stone interview in all its brilliant, self-assured, ridiculous glory.
Brow Beat
Oct. 10 2013 12:23 PMThe Beautiful Mystery of the Codex Seraphinianus, the World’s Weirdest Book
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Aug. 9 2013 11:20 AMMy Metonym for Self-Reference Weighs a TonWhen the “resoundingly and in all ways white” David Foster Wallace tried to write about hip-hop.
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June 7 2013 10:20 AMThe Case Against ReasonCurtis White argues that science isn’t the only way of looking at the world.
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Feb. 1 2013 11:18 PMWho Could I Be NowThe lives we didn’t live, and how they affect us.
Culturebox
Nov. 27 2012 11:41 AMSurprisingly InterestingA dispatch from the 2012 Boring Conference.
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Oct. 5 2014 11:15 PMMartin Amis’ Zones of InterestCritics want him to stop writing about the horrors of history. But his new novel suggests vicious satire might be an honest way to treat the deaths of millions.
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July 9 2014 12:50 PM533 IdeasThe conceptual, playful, maddening books of Édouard Levé.
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June 2 2014 10:22 AMThe MacGuffinistNo one is better than Geoff Dyer at not writing about what he’s writing about.
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May 4 2014 11:45 PM“Have I Ever Left It?”100 years after Dubliners, James Joyce’s Dublin—and mine.
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April 6 2014 11:29 PMEscaping the NovelTeju Cole’s new book is not exactly what it seems.
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Feb. 5 2014 9:15 AMA Long Account of CalamitiesEssays by W.G. Sebald on writers, art, and the abyss.
Brow Beat
Jan. 17 2014 7:05 AMThe Hatchet Job of the Year Is a Poor Excuse for a Literary Prize
Culturebox
Dec. 20 2013 9:03 AMI, FrankensteinThe uncanny, human inhumanity of Boston Dynamics’ androids.
Brow Beat
Nov. 15 2013 10:39 AMWhy We Read Robot Parodies of Ourselves
Culturebox
Oct. 28 2013 7:30 AM10 Novels to a Better YouWho really knows if reading will make you a better person? More to the point, why should it matter?
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Sept. 6 2013 10:40 AMThe Dastardly Death of the Devilish Director’s DaughterWhen reading Marisha Pessl’s Night Film, you might want to roll your eyes, but they’ll be glued to the page.
Culturebox
July 4 2013 7:15 AMNardwuar!Pop music’s best interviewer is a very weird Canadian guy on YouTube.
Culturebox
Feb. 12 2013 5:47 AMThe Soft BulletinsCould a one-hour video of someone whispering and brushing her hair change your life?
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Jan. 23 2013 7:18 AMAmanda McKittrick Ros, the Worst Novelist in History… Maybe. An excerpt from Mark O’Connell’s Epic Fail.
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Nov. 2 2012 11:24 PMThe Different DrummerJames Wood wishes he was Keith Moon, but thank goodness he’s not.

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