story editor @tnr (culture mostly), author of Wild Romance

The Amy Winehouse Documentary Turns Tabloid Fodder Into Art

newrepublic.com — There she is! Round-cheeked, frizzy-haired, slightly buck-toothed, lollipop dangling from pouty lips, going slightly cross-eyed on the high notes-goofiness always clung to her, even when she embraced high vamp. She's singing "Happy Birthday" to one of her childhood besties, not giving a damn, but, also, giving it her all.

‘Vanishing,’ by Gerard Woodward

nytimes.com — Forget a "likable" character. Forget even mildly appealing. "Vanishing" is a book that sets out to destroy your sympathies for its narrator. This shape-shifting man is a baby and a bully, a liar and a layabout, a tease and a tormentor. He might even be a spy - unless, of course, he's just woefully, dramatically misunderstood.

The Best Fiction of 2014

newrepublic.com — Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows This book was an utter revelation. I found myself wondering, on nearly every page, how I could have remained ignorant of this brilliant writer for so many years. (Somewhere, my Canadian literary friends are shaking their heads in disdain.)

Never Date a Writer. You’ll End Up As Material.

List of 20 Terrifying Non Horror Books

newrepublic.com — You're Convinced You'll Never Find Anyone Who Will Really Love You The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton: Lily Bart thinks it's beneath her to marry the man she truly cares about, Lawrence Selden. From then on, every decision she makes only leads her further away from happiness.

Oscar de La Renta, Fashion Icon, Dies at 82

newrepublic.com — When I was in my late teens, I went to the Dominican Republic, but when I think of the places that I've travelled in the Caribbean, it doesn't come to mind. Because, when I visited, it was as though I stayed on an island within an island.

How E.B. White Wove Charlotte’s Web

smithsonianmag.com — A new book explores how the author of the beloved children's book was inspired by his love for nature and animals smithsonian.com Not long before E.B. White started writing his classic children's story Charlotte's Web about a spider called Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur, he had a porcine encounter that seems to have deeply affected him.

Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a Stunning Experiment

newrepublic.com — When Richard Linklater was a teenager, he once crammed into a car with his friends and, searching for something to do, drove 138 miles without ever leaving town. This circular nocturnal journey-recounted in a recent profile in The New Yorker, and the seed for Linklater's Dazed and Confused-evokes a familiar teenage anxiety: something fantastic is going on around the next corner, if only you can find it.

Book Covers With Washed-Out Farmland Look Are Popular This Summer

newrepublic.com — Jane Smiley's new novel, (out in October), is the clearest distillation of the trend: cornfield, broad blue sky, barn. Another cornfield, another clear-blue sky: (out in July). A more crowded cover, Keeping the Bees (paperback issued this past May), keeps the green-field-blue-sky combo. And here's the parenting book version: Freeing Your Child From Anxiety (reissued in July).

Women From Behind: Tara Bogart's Modern Hair Series Based on Nadar

newrepublic.com — There is a long tradition of spinning women around to make a statement: from French photographer Nadar, whose " Hair Study" was the inspiration for photographer Tara Bogart's series and an inversion of traditional nineteenth-century portraiture, to Carrie Mae Weems's series of self-portraits in front of famous (and not so famous) monuments.
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Jul 02, 2015

@Davegilbs I feel that way about “commitments.” Can’t make them cause I can’t spell it.

Jul 02, 2015

"People go ‘Whaaaat? You put peas in a drink?’ Oh yeah, it’s coming” newrepublic.com/article/122230…

Jul 01, 2015

@elteng12 Correct assessment. She was scary. But awesome.

Jul 01, 2015

Magic Mike XXL is v different from the original says @estherbreger, but that’s OK: newrepublic.com/article/122214…

Jul 01, 2015

You should see the new Amy Winehouse doc for the 2 clips I include in my review: newrepublic.com/article/122213… (but don’t just read this, see it!)

Jun 26, 2015

Into this idea, but “Art of War” is not what I would advertise as typical bathtub reading: adweek.com/galleycat/wate…

Jun 26, 2015

"It was hard to shake the suspicion that parts of Justice Kennedy’s opinion...were written with...my Jewish mother.” newrepublic.com/article/122184…

Jun 26, 2015

RT @JGreenDC: This was written the year that I was born. Incredible prescience from @sullydish newrepublic.com/article/79054/…

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