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.
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!)

‘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.
Jul 01, 2015

"Forget a “likable” character. Forget even mildly appealing." @chloeschama writes as sharply as she edits. nytimes.com/2015/06/28/boo…

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.

Dec 11, 2014

there are bad breakups, and then there's being made into a character in your ex's novel. (See: Never date a writer) nymag.com/thecut/2014/12…

Dec 11, 2014

RT @thisisjendoll: there are bad breakups, and then there's being made into a character in your ex's novel. (See: Never date a writer) nymag.com/thecut/2014/12…

Dec 11, 2014

"I tried to keep my questions from seeming...too similar to objections the character would have voiced herself." nymag.com/thecut/2014/12…

Dec 11, 2014

A piece I wrote about finding out I was a character in a novel for @TheCut: nymag.com/thecut/2014/12…

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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.
Jul 11, 2014

RT @SmithsonianMag: Happy Birthday, E. B. White! How the beloved author was inspired by his love for nature and animals smithmag.co/xrKcet

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 30, 2015

ugh, there you are listening to the Mozart pandora channel and the hobbit soundtrack comes on

Jul 30, 2015

Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation looks horrifying and impressive: vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015…

Jul 30, 2015

RT @CitizenCohn: Like this timeline of Medicare's evolution through the pages of @TNR newrepublic.com/article/122416…

Jul 30, 2015

RT @jonathanchait: Read @AriBerman on how Bush erroneously purged legal voters from the FL rolls in 2000 & elected his brother http://t.co/…

Jul 30, 2015

omg, there’s an @penguinusa “little black classics” anniversary series coming in November … pic.twitter.com/v7jvkIHxvt

Jul 30, 2015

Sometimes a piece comes along that explains a whole world to me and I am grateful: nytimes.com/2015/08/02/mag…

Jul 29, 2015

RT @KyleKutuchief: Direct correlation between number of books in a child's home and their academic success. #KnightBreakfast #Akron pic.twitter.com/u5zqQ1dX10

Jul 28, 2015

"That type of substantive change should have been noted immediately." Interesting editor's note re Clinton: nytimes.com/2015/07/28/us/…

Jul 28, 2015

RT @tnr: Podcast buff? The first episode of @IntersectionTNR with @JamilSmith launches later today. Subscribe now: on.tnr.com/1I5xVei

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