Mark O'Connell Mark O'Connell

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

Books
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.
Books
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.
Books
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.
Books
Dec. 3 2013 10:49 AMA Species of ScheherazadesAn inventive comic about the human need for storytelling.
Books
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
Books
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.
Books
June 7 2013 10:20 AMThe Case Against ReasonCurtis White argues that science isn’t the only way of looking at the world.
Books
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.
Culturebox
Sept. 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?
Books
July 9 2014 12:50 PM533 IdeasThe conceptual, playful, maddening books of Édouard Levé.
Books
June 2 2014 10:22 AMThe MacGuffinistNo one is better than Geoff Dyer at not writing about what he’s writing about.
Books
May 4 2014 11:45 PM“Have I Ever Left It?”100 years after Dubliners, James Joyce’s Dublin—and mine.
Books
April 6 2014 11:29 PMEscaping the NovelTeju Cole’s new book is not exactly what it seems.
Books
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?
Books
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?
Culturebox
Jan. 23 2013 7:18 AMAmanda McKittrick Ros, the Worst Novelist in History… Maybe. An excerpt from Mark O’Connell’s Epic Fail.
Books
Nov. 2 2012 11:24 PMThe Different DrummerJames Wood wishes he was Keith Moon, but thank goodness he’s not.
Books
Sept. 7 2012 11:28 PMThe Genius in the RoomD.T. Max’s biography of David Foster Wallace.

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