What’s with all the literary Bible thumping this month?
First, The New York Times Book Review put the Christ back in Christmas with a cover essay on the Bible’s effect on literature, “The Book of Books,” by Marilynne Robinson.
The Transom didn’t need to read it to see the Old Testament’s influence in Read More
Courtney Maum, a fiction writer who usually lives in a small town in the Berkshires, made a temporary move to New York City in search of a community of writers. To find these writers, she went to readings — more than 200 of them by her count. At Tin House, Ms. Maum explains what she learned.
Home to Walt Whitman, the father of American poetry, Brooklyn has raised Henry Miller and inspired Hart Crane and Truman Capote, among many others. And in today’s Brooklyn, of course, the literati teem through the streets – it’s difficult to buy a coffee these days without tripping over Jonathan Safran Foer or Jhumpa Lahiri en Read More
A FEW MONTHS back, The Observer was at a reading on the Lower East Side that would not end. The reader, a prominent magazine editor, had been staring at a stack of computer paper and talking softly for 30 minutes. He was the last reader. The night had begun at 8:00 and it was already Read More
Jadrien Steele at the Young Lions Club has confirmed that Sloane Crosley, the “most popular publicist in New York” turned funniest essayist, will sit down with Joan Didion for an event at the New York Public Library this fall. Ms. Didion will publish her new memoir, Blue Nights, with Knopf in November.
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Jefrrey Toobin of the New Yorker is out with a big profile of Chuck Schumer today (requires a subscription) and weighs in on the question of whether or not New York’s senior senator is in fact an honest-to-goodness liberal.
On the one hand, Toobin says, that with the departure of Hillary Clinton and Read More