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Brooklyn, NY
Book Critic

Book critic for TNR, New Yorker, etc. Author of A Thousand Darknesses. At work on Shirley Jackson bio. Purveyor of kitten pics. See also: @josephbraude.

The loners in her books appealed to me, the...

ruthfranklin.tumblr.com — The loners in her books appealed to me, the fragile and friendless women in worlds built to appear ordinary that always revealed a more sinister nature.-- Amelia Gray on Shirley Jackson, her "literary idol," in the LA Times. http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-idol-amelia-gray-20150419-story.html

It took ages, but I finally got my hands on this...

ruthfranklin.tumblr.com — It took ages, but I finally got my hands on this film - based on Shirley Jackson's 1954 novel The Bird's Nest, about multiple-personality disorder. Cannot wait to watch this!

Dissolution by Details

This actually works. Follow the directions to see...

Here’s the first page of an early draft of Shirley...

Warner Books, 1982. Subtle but...

Can You Write a Novel on Twitter?

foreignpolicy.com — The Twitter feed of American novelist Elliott Holt usually includes remarks on what she's reading, retweets of friends' book news, and occasional political commentary. But one night a mystery unfolded there. As Holt's followers watched, she retweeted the feeds of three guests at a swanky party in SoHo.

Martin Amis’s ‘Zone of Interest’

nytimes.com — When Elie Wiesel approached the ­author François Mauriac in the 1950s with a draft of the memoir that would become "Night," Mauriac was skeptical - not of the book's quality, but of its necessity.

We have always lived in the castle...

ruthfranklin.tumblr.com — buchverliebt: We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson"I can't help it when people are frightened," says Merricat. "I always want to frighten them more." Gorgeous images.

A.M. Homes on Shirley Jackson

ruthfranklin.tumblr.com — thepenguinclassics: Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 winner A.M. Homes introduces one of her favourite authors - Shirley Jackson. I want to introduce you to the work of Shirley Jackson, whose novels and short stories transformed my life as both a reader and writer. The story you have before you, Lovely words from A.M.
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Apr 18, 2015

@nkulish didn't everyone follow the Malaysian jet story, though?

Apr 18, 2015

@rgay how can she sell so many & not be on NYT list?

Apr 18, 2015

"The loners in her books appealed to me, the fragile and friendless women in worlds built to appear..." tmblr.co/ZwfWgs1ijapX5

Apr 18, 2015

"The loners in her books appealed to me," @grayamelia writes of Shirley Jackson's work. Likewise! fw.to/MeWqaOh

Apr 17, 2015

Photoset: It took ages, but I finally got my hands on this film - based on Shirley Jackson’s 1954 novel The... tmblr.co/ZwfWgs1ifG_Gz

Apr 16, 2015

Special tools required: an axe. RT @ruthreichl: This is, truly, one of the oddest recipes I've ever seen: ruthreichl.com/2015/04/beaten…

Apr 16, 2015

I reviewed the new Bellow biography for @Harpers. Spoiler: too much information! harpers.org/archive/2015/0…

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