Hervé Le Tellier
How did Elif Batuman’s mom end up with a large mahogany replica of a B-52 “flying fortress” bomber in her living room? An amusing email thread that begins with Lorin Stein and goes through Batuman and Hilton Als explains.
The PEN World Voices festival continues today with a slate of outstanding events, beginning at noon with bestselling French writers Laurence Cossé and Hervé Le Tellier in conversation. Other highlights include an afternoon panel discussion about authors and audiences moderated by Bookforum editor Albert Mobilio; indie press insurgents discussing “How to Start a Revolution;” and Hanif Kureishi, Tracie Morris, and Luc Sante presenting “De-Gentrify New York and Give Her Back to the World.” And throughout the week, watch for the stand-up critics.