On social media

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (Oxford): Social Media and Bullshit. Alberto Romele (Porto) and Camilla Emmenegger, Francesco Gallino, and Daniele Gorgone (Turin): Technologies of Voluntary Servitude: A Post-Foucauldian Perspective on Social Media. Robert W. Gehl (Utah): Building a Better Twitter: A Study of the Twitter Alternatives GNU Social, Quitter,, and Twister. Donovan Ramsey on the truth about black Twitter: Complex, influential, and far more meaningful than the sum of its social justice-driven

Paper Trail

The Windham-Campbell Prize and Yale University Press have announced a new book series titles “Why I Write,” which will commence with books by Hilton Als and Patti Smith. Als will also give the keynote speech at this year’s awards ceremony, which will take place on September 28 and will honor Teju Cole, Jackie Sibblies Drury,


The Innocent/Corrupt

Adam ThirlwellA narrator is a much stranger toy at the novelist's disposal than is usually thought. It's not just something as depressingly ordinary as a character—more a vast system of smuggling. And there's one

Daily Review

The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy

IN MASHA GESSEN’S The Brothers, the first full-length book on Tamerlan and Jahar Tsarnaev and accordingly the most complete, the two leads share no scenes and speak no lines to each other. They are never alone in a room. How could they be? Tamerlan’s death and Jahar


Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the only serious and literary person I've encountered whose speech is filled with more "you knows" than mine. Unlike mine, perhaps, her verbal tic is not so much a crutch as a helping hand: she'll be saying something fast, brilliant, and thoughtful, and maybe you don't totally get it, but when she says "you know," she allows you to feel as if you do.


Of Walking in Ice

Werner Herzog

At the end of November 1974, a friend from Paris called and told me that Lotte Eisner was seriously ill and would probably die. I said that this must not be, not at this time, German cinema could not do without her now, we would not permit her death.