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Sacred Fever

Sacred Fever

MAGICAL REALISM. Surrealism. Fantasy. Stuart Dybek has me thinking about how these words are defined in contemporary fiction. Mostly, I do this because his two new books, Paper Lantern and Ecstatic C...

A Quotable Love Story

A Quotable Love Story

IN 1978 The New Yorker published a lovely little piece by Freddy Bosco called “What They Did,” which consisted entirely of a list of full-sentence titles, in alphabetical order, from a library cat...

PODCAST #65: Geoff Nicholson

PODCAST #65: Geoff Nicholson

Colin Marshall talks with Geoff Nicholson, author of nonfiction books like Day Trips to the Desert, The Lost Art of Walking, and Walking in Ruins as well as such novels as Bleeding London, Grav...

Painting World War I, Not Quite by Number

Painting World War I, Not Quite by Number

14, 15, 16. THE FIRST FIGURE is the original title of Jean Echenoz’s critically acclaimed novel on World War I. The second is the number of chapters that compose it. The third, “seize” in French...

Gary Amdahl’s Big Little Black Book

Gary Amdahl’s Big Little Black Book

I ADMIRE both Gary Amdahl’s writing and the topics he chooses, the Left politics and dreamful associations built on physicality, and especially that alchemy which keeps me absolutely with him at eac...

Young Adult Cancer Story

Young Adult Cancer Story

ON THE MONDAY when The Fault in Our Stars was the #1 movie in America, I spent the morning at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven learning about the intricate physics of intersecting radiation b...

Lily King on the Publication of Euphoria

Lily King on the Publication of Euphoria

Lily's King's latest novel, Euphoria, was published by Atlantic Monthly Press earlier this summer. Inspired by the life of Margret Mead, Euphoria tells the story of three anthropologists caught in a ...

A South African Novel about E.M. Forster

A South African Novel about E.M. Forster

IN NOVEMBER 1911 E. M. Forster began a novel organized around the opposition between the heroic personality, longing to fight and die, and the cultured man who hopes for a time when “all is light,...

DeLillo and the Triumph of Solitude

DeLillo and the Triumph of Solitude

THE OCTOBER 20, 2003 ISSUE of The New Yorker features essays and articles about Hollywood. Its cover depicts a film crew shooting an actress behind the wheel of a stationary convertible, her hair tous...

Somewhere, A Telephone Rings For Me

Somewhere, A Telephone Rings For Me

IN 1979, South Korean president Park Chung-hee, who had seized power 17 years earlier in a military coup d’état, was shot to death by his director of central intelligence. The following year, Army ...

Facts and Dreams

Facts and Dreams

IN THE 1980s PBS miniseries Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, Carl Sagan invited his viewers to explore the cosmos with him in a ship of the imagination. You might remember the washed-out tint of desaturated...

Anatomy Artist

Anatomy Artist

A FIST-SIZED HEART, beating in a stranger’s chest. A headless torso, stashed in a walk-in closet. A flap of loose flesh, drooping over a man’s eye. A lone big toe, hacked from a foot, the toenail ...