| May 1, 2014
| 12:00 PM
"When I was 25 years old, I looked at my bookshelf and it was all men," says Rivka Galchen. "All of my favorite books were by men and had male narrators."
Galchen, author of the novel "Atmospheric Disturbances," is now 38 and speaking by phone from...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:07 AM
Authorized biopics are rarely the most juicy or revealing films. But what happens in the opposite instance, when the family of your subject actively doesn't want a movie and is willing and eager to share that sentiment with the world?
| Apr 22, 2014
| 8:30 PM
David Foster Wallace's estate is displeased with the upcoming "The End of the Tour," starring Jason Segel as the late author, and has disavowed the biopic.
"The David Foster Wallace Literary Trust, David's family, and David's longtime publisher Little,...
| Aug 15, 2014
Don't tear other women down, because even if they're not your friends, they are women and this is just as important," Roxane Gay writes in "Bad Feminist." "This is not to say you cannot criticize other women, but understand the difference between...
| Aug 8, 2014
Who I am
Bryn Lerud from Elmhurst.
One unique thing about me
I took my own private literary tour of Ireland a month ago. I was in Dublin for Bloomsday and visited the Kavanagh House, many Yeats sites in Sligo and Kinvarra, and visited the Synge...
| Aug 8, 2014
I have been reading a lot of "Best Books of 2014 (So Far)" lists, lately. Because it is summer and I am not teaching, I get to fill my extra time with books and reading, and for whatever reasons, my choices have just been spot on, one pleasure after...
| Jul 4, 2014
"Fame is a fickle food," Emily Dickinson wrote upon the occasion of David Markson's death in 2010. "Pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country," David Foster Wallace called Markson's novels (or "novels"), which sold about a...
| Jul 11, 2014
I wish I could force every wannabe Internet essayist and second-rate scraped-raw memoirist to read the first page of "Another Great Day at Sea," on which Geoff Dyer demonstrates, as casually as Ray Allen sinking a three, how a metaphor is made. Describing...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Off Broadway's New Group has lined up a slew of stars for its 20th season, setting a 2014-15 slate that includes acting stints from Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman, Jesse Eisenberg and Dianne Wiest as well as a directing gig for Cynthia Nixon.
The New Group...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 11:23 AM
Around the globe, productivity is said to take a steep hit every four years when the World Cup rolls around. Entire countries shut down -- often in the middle of a weekday. After the 2010 World Cup, one study estimated the decline in economic output in...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 9:12 AM
About a month ago I quit Amazon cold turkey, and I feel great.
I have bought nothing from Amazon since May 16. Not a book, not a DVD, not an MP3. After years of purchasing pop culture from the mega e-retailer at an embarrassing pace — even as I...