“But Obama presents himself as a paragon of high principle. So when he flops around on things like ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ or shrinks back from one of his deepest beliefs about the freedom of religion anywhere and everywhere in America, it’s not pretty. Even worse, this is the man who staked his historical reputation Read More
“The dialogue will begin when b. 1983, in a moment of ‘vague, somewhat drug-induced, existential inattention,’ sort of waiting for two or three people to ‘text him back’ while not completely aware whose ‘turn’ it actually is to ‘text [someone] back,’ mostly only aware, sort of sleepily, though not ‘feeling sleepy,’ of not being aware Read More
“I watched this unfold in real-time-a punch-drunk, surreal, I-don’t-want-to jinx-myself-but-I-don’t-think-this-will-ever-happen-to-me-again sort of experience- extremely pleasurable, and also slightly disturbing. As a journalist, you spend so much time plugging away at stories that you hope will impact society. Then, suddenly, you hit on a sexy banker who lost her job, and, delighted as you are, you Read More
“It is, in short, a brilliant stroke to use Facebook for novel writing, because in general Facebook feeds on fiction; it consumes it, and spits it out in every direction….
“Somewhere in the gap between status posting and the person in their room at night is life itself. So fiction is the right response, the Read More
“The world may have been a smaller, cozier place when Mr. Fairchild was editing W, but he knew how to relate events in the background to the socialites hopping around the foreground: ’80s trophy dressing to ’80s corporate raiders. With a number of articles in the new W, I wondered: Why am I reading Read More
“The change quickly garnered both Mr. Genoways and [The Virginia Quarterly Review] notice from those at the literary world’s highest levels, winning the publication four National Magazine Awards and 14 more nominations, all of which it accomplished on a half-million-dollar budget … Meanwhile, people who knew [managing editor Kevin] Morrissey say he grew more and Read More
“Panic about the novel is set to low simmer. The next novel and the non-fiction book proposal aren’t flying, they’re flunking. Anxiety is causing my fingernails to reverse course and grow inward. What if You Lost Me There is perceived to be a bomb, would it be so bad? Playing around today, I figured out Read More