Reading InsecurityHas the Internet killed thoughtful, prolonged engagement with a text—or are we nostalgic for a reading Eden that never existed?
The Audio Book Club
The Audio Book Club Asks, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?Slate critics take on Roz Chast’s cartoon memoir about her parents’ decline.
Racial DysphoriaJess Row’s novel explores a world where racial reassignment surgery is becoming commonplace.
The Book of InjusticeTarfia Faizullah’s poems wrestle with the mass rapes of Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War.
The SimplifierThe third volume of Rick Perlstein’s history of modern conservatives chronicles the rise of Reagan.
The HorrorA splendid historical novel turns into something very different 100 pages in. But don’t stop reading!
Interested in the OctopusesBen Lerner’s great novel 10:04 directs our attention toward the little things while slyly addressing the big ones.
“My Most Offended Readers Are Ivy-Bound 18-Year-Olds”A conversation with Excellent Sheep author William Deresiewicz.
BlindsidedDesigning a book cover for a collection of short stories about characters caught by surprise.
The Good Word
The Secret Rules of Adjective OrderA long fascinating article—or is it a fascinating long article?
It Is Good to Be a “Bad” FeministRoxane Gay’s new book of essays is honest and raw about flaws—hers and ours.
Strongest Possible EndorsementA funny and lacerating novel of academia written in the form of letters of recommendation.
Haida’s StoryA folktale from Haruki Murakami’s new novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.