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

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.

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.
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Jan 28, 2015

this headline is giving my PTSD flashbacks to ‘Geek Love’: nymag.com/scienceofus/20…

Jan 28, 2015

"this problem I’m writing about is straight from Satan”- Ghettoside author Jill Levy: newrepublic.com/article/120874…

Jan 28, 2015

In my ongoing quest to get my husband to give up his yahoo email, just edited this: newrepublic.com/article/120870…

Jan 20, 2015

RT @tnr: "The only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave" on.tnr.com/1yFWTym pic.twitter.com/v8QidiIOho

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