Mark O'Connell
Mark O'Connell Mark O'Connell

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

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Dec. 8 2016 10:00 AMMark O’Connell’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016Future sex, cryogenics, and a defense of pretentiousness.
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Oct. 7 2016 11:43 AMLonely HuntersEmily Witt’s Future Sex irresistibly explores the mournfulness and hopefulness of singledom today.
Nightlight
Aug. 16 2016 9:30 AMWait, in This Children’s Book, the Robbers Steal the Little Kid and What Happens?!
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May 2 2016 12:22 PMThe DisembodiedFor Don DeLillo’s characters, all technologies are technologies of death.
Culturebox
Dec. 2 2015 4:19 PMA Very Heavily Negative SceneThe squandered genius and countercultural misogyny of Terry Southern.
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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.
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Nov. 7 2016 10:03 AMThe Great Dying That Is to ComeMichael McCarthy celebrates the natural world and mourns our implacable destruction of it.
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Oct. 2 2016 8:31 PMNow and ThenHow the idea of time travel entered the cultural imagination.
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June 6 2016 10:03 AMThe Great Masterpiece of Human CivilizationIt’s the internet, argues Virginia Heffernan in Magic and Loss.
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April 5 2016 10:45 AM“Permission for the Imagination”A passionate defense of pretentiousness.
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March 2 2015 10:24 AMThe Abyss of BonesKazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in 10 years is a sad, remarkable fantasy story set in Arthurian England.
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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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