Inside Fox

Frank Houston: “I was at during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. It created a monster”. Is Fox News part of the mainstream media? It depends. Is a civil war brewing inside Fox? After Megyn Kelly’s departure, Fox News benefitted from the ascendance of older white men — but now, the network is roiling from a new scandal. Roger Ailes was one of the worst Americans ever: Fox News founder made this the hate-filled, moronic country it is today. Fire Sean Hannity: His obsession with the Seth

Paper Trail

Jesus’ Son author Denis Johnson died yesterday at the age of 67. The news was announced by Farrar, Straus and Giroux publisher Jonathan Galassi. “Denis was one of the great writers of his generation,” Galassi said. “He wrote prose with the imaginative concentration and empathy of the poet he was.” The collection of O. Henry


On Being an Artist

Sheila HetiThere are certain books that all young artists read. For example, the other night I met a young woman at a bar. She said she was a cartoonist, so I asked to see her studio. Going over the next night,

Daily Review

Walks with Walser

It’s perilous when the words spoken by a writer end up more well known than those he actually wrote. The line “I’m not here to write, I’m here to be mad” has appeared in most articles about Robert Walser written since his death in 1956. The “here” is, supposedly, the Sanatorium of Appenzell in Herisau, Switzerland, and the hearer was, allegedly, Carl Seelig.


Durga Chew-Bose

A critic who prefers the term “enthusiast,” an essayist who worries she’s really a poet, Durga is an unrivalled player of what Doris Lessing, in The Golden Notebook, calls “the game.”


Bookforum: “False Starts”


The Life and Death of Louis Kahn

Wendy Lesser

It was not just the suddenness of his death that made it hard to realize Louis Kahn was gone, Something about the way he disappeared from the world—irregularly, mysteriously, with that strange two-day gap when nobody he knew could find him—left many people unable to take in the facts of his death. For the California relatives, who learned about Lou’s death through a series of relayed phone calls, there was a persistent confusion about