Randy Rosenthal is the co-founding editor of the literary journals The Coffin Factory and Tweed’s Magazine of Literature & Art. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, The New York Journal of Books, Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Daily Beast, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is a recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where he studied religion and literature, and currently teaches writing classes at Harvard.
Lying the Truth with Emmanuel Carrère
Randy Rosenthal unpacks “97,196 Words: Essays” by Emmanuel Carrère, translated from the French by John Lambert....
Everything but Borscht: Exploring the Ambiguities of Russia with Sara Wheeler and Ethan Pollock
Randy Rosenthal delves into Russia culture, from borscht to the banya, with Sara Wheeler and Ethan Pollock....
Fate and Misogyny: On Julia Phillips’s “Disappearing Earth”
"Phillips has woven a sophisticated and powerful literary thriller." Randy Rosenthal reviews Julia Phillips's debut novel....
A Knack for Embracing Impermanence: On Pico Iyer’s “Autumn Light”
A new memoir about coming to terms with aging and death....
Art and Enchantment in Haruki Murakami’s “Killing Commendatore”
For Randy Rosenthal, reading Haruki Murakami’s “Killing Commendatore” is like exploring underground caverns “enormous and deep and lovely.”...
Lamentations of the Woman: Irreverent Feminism in Therese Bohman’s “Eventide”
It’s not your mother’s feminism in Therese Bohman’s “Eventide.”...
Reza Aslan’s Human God
Randy Rosenthal considers Reza Aslan's "God: A Human History," his history of the religious impulse....
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