Utopia and Dystopia: Geographies of the Possible
Authors Inga Kuznetsova, Jonathan Lethem, Eshkol Nevo, and Andrzej Stasiuk discuss the best—and worst—of all possible worlds; moderated by
editor Albert Mobilio.
Mary Gaitskill reads "Lost Cat"
Mary Gaitskill dwells on love and pain, humans and pets, in this story about a stray cat. "Many people, perhaps most, would consider my feelings neurotic, a projection onto an animal of my own loneliness and fear."
An Interview with Jonathan Franzen
"It takes me a long time to write a novel, and what gets me going, finally, is trying to figure the world out," says Jonathan Franzen. Here, he discusses the inspirations behind his novel
, and one of the challenges he faces as a writer: How to describe characters without satirizing them.
Rich People Things
La Dolce Vita
: Here's the Fellini-riffing trailor for Chris Lehmann's essay collection
Rich People Things
Tweets from Tahrir
edited by Nadia Idle and Alex Nunns
The revolutionaries in Egypt owe at least some of their success to Facebook and Twitter. Now, a new book examines the role social media can play in political change.
An Interview with Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Journalist Sheryl McCarthy chats with Rahna Reiko Rizzuto about her memoir
Hiroshima in the Morning
, in which the author talks with people who survived the atomic attacks.
Electric Literature's Single Sentence Animation: Rick Moody
The people behind the excellent Electric Literature produced this short, strange work of animation by Adam Thompson, which builds on a single sentence from Rick Moody's story "Some Contemporary Characters."
Happy John Ashbery Day
If you live in New York City—or anywhere, really—today, April 7, is John Ashbery Day. And while this does not mean that we get the day off from work, we nonetheless have been searching for ways to pay homage to the great poet. Here's a good start: A video of Ashbery giving a nimble reading of his poem "Interesting People of Newfoundland." "Doc Hanks, the sawbones, was a real good surgeon / when he wasn't completely drunk, which was most of the time. / When only half drunk he could perform decent cranial surgery."
An Interview with Loorie Moore
The celebrated fiction writer Lorrie Moore reflects on the post-9/11 world rendered in her latest book,
A Gate at the Stairs
An Interview with Vladimir Nabokov
A classic 1950s CBC television interview with Vladimir Nabokov and Lionel Trilling discussing
: "We can't trust a creative writer to say what he has done."
Mildred Pierce: The HBO Miniseries
A trailer for Todd Hayne's HBO series starring Kate Blanchett. The script, which Haynes cowrote with author Jon Raymond, maintains a stunning faithfulness to the James M. Cain novel on which it's based.
Deborah Eisenberg reading at the University of Richmond
Ben Marcus has called MacArthur "genius" grant winner Deborah Eisenberg "one of the most important fiction writers now at work." Here she is reading "Some Other Better Otto," a story featuring a "very very irritable person at the best of times" who is in a "particularly horrible mood right now."
David Foster Wallace Interviewed by Charlie Rose
We're currently in the midst of
overload, and as everyone writes about David Foster Wallace, it can become difficult to remember what he was actually like. Here's something to refresh our memories: Excerpts from Wallace's 1996 interview with Charlie Rose, on the "Future of Fiction in the Information Age."
Brett McCracken, Erik Thoennes, Craig Hazen, Matt Jenson, and Stan Jantz discuss McCracken's book
Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide
An Interview with David Shields
David Shields reflects on his controversial, genre-blurring book
. "It was crucial to me that the reader feel slipper sand beneath his or her feet."