Contributor, New York Times Magazine, New York Times
Writer, critic, editor, neurotic. Recently: NYT Mag, Bookforum, the New Republic, NPR, Awl, Tin House.
newyorker.com — "Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941-1985," translated by Martin McLaughlin, which will be published on May 20th (read our first three installments here, here, here, and here.). In this final installment of the letters, from when the writer was in his fifties, Calvino spars with, compliments, and, in one case, attacks the critical sensibilities of three of his eminent literary contemporaries: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Gore Vidal, and Claudio Magris.
nytimes.com — The author of "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" prefers books with action: "I don't like overrefinement, or to dwell in the heads of vaporous ladies with fine sensibilities." What's the best book you read in the last year? The term "best" would have to stretch.
artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com — Fiction anthologies don't always stand the test of time. There is, surrounding prize anthologies especially, an inevitable whiff of Ozymandias - these were the best writers of their day, the editors proclaimed, yet who today has heard of most of them?
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