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

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.

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

newrepublic.com — There is a long tradition of spinning women around to make a statement: from French photographer Nadal, 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.

Mad Men Mid-Season Finale Review

newrepublic.com — As the first half of the last season of "Mad Men" comes to a close, we're looking back at some of the most satisfying and strange moments of the past seven episodes-from rotating carousels to missing nipples. Chloe: A lot of "Mad Men" for me has been about watching Peggy ascend, or not; watching Joan ascend, or not; watching Megan ascend, or not.

Top Ten Books in America 2014 versus 2008: Atlas Shrugged Drops Off

newrepublic.com — A new poll released today reveals thatshocker!-the Bible remains Americans' favorite book. It's always a bit presumptuous to outline any kind of cultural DNA from a list, thought foreign favorite lists can be useful as a measure of just how little literature makes it overseas.

Lydia Davis Can't and Wont Review

newrepublic.com — Too distracted by technology, lack of sleep, or your kids to focus on anything longer than a list? Here's one of Lydia Davis's stories, "Bloomington," from her latest collection, Can't and Won't, in its entirety. Feel free to tweet it when you're done.

How Silence Became a Luxury Product

newrepublic.com — Within a few short weeks of our relocation to New York City, my husband and I received an anonymous note on the doormat in front of our apartment. "Your dog has been barking all day. Please keep him quiet." The following day, we steeled ourselves and knocked on our neighbors' doors to apologize, only to be met with empty stares.

Richard Powers Retells the Orpheus Myth in His New Novel, Orpheo

newrepublic.com — The knock on Richard Powers is that his novels don't sustain the weight of their ambitions. He produces hefty tomes every few years that delve deep into science, myth, medicine, and music without exhibiting much perception about the actual human experience.
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Oct 17, 2014

Should You Cut the Cord on Cable TV? Here's a Guide To Help You Decide newrepublic.com/article/119886… via @tnr

Oct 17, 2014

TIme to re-appraise "our dark darling of psycho-emotional suspense" writes @WilliamGirardi @tnr: newrepublic.com/article/119854…

Oct 16, 2014

RT @jsf: Notre avenir est dans l'air! I'd call the Met cubism show unmissable—except, gloriously, they are New York's forever gu.com/p/42g2t/tw

Oct 16, 2014

@ElizabethAngell and he appears to be friends with Connie Britton which makes me really love him

Oct 16, 2014

"Independent" doesn't have to be a totally vapid political label. (e.g., Teddy R) Michael Kazin @tnr: newrepublic.com/article/119849…

Oct 16, 2014

"This is typical Brand, swinging between high & low, firing on all cylinders, ranging in a dozen directions at once." newrepublic.com/article/119848…

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