Book critic for Harper's, New Yorker, etc. Author of A Thousand Darknesses. At work on Shirley Jackson bio: See also: @josephbraude

Shirley Jackson’s (china) cat, at the North... — Shirley Jackson's (china) cat, at the North Bennington library. Read more in my newsletter:

SHIRLEY JACKSON by Ruth Franklin | Kirkus Reviews — An engaging, sympathetic portrait of the writer who found the witchery in huswifery. Critic Franklin ( A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, 2010) ably captures both the life and art of Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) in this sharp biography.

The True Lies of Totalitarian North Korea — When the videos of North Koreans weeping hysterically in the streets of Pyongyang circulated on YouTube last month in the wake of Kim Jong-il's death, few Western onlookers knew what to make of them.

'Liquidation': The Inhuman Condition — LIQUIDATION By Imre Kertesz. Translated by Tim Wilkinson. 130 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $22. THE scene: Budapest, a New Year's Eve party, sometime in the 1980's. Kingbitter, an editor at a prominent publishing house, watches a game of "Lager poker." The rules: "The players sit around the table and each person says where they have been.

Updates from the Shirley Jackson files

The photo is of the Everett Mansion in Bennington,...

Coming this September!

Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson | — "Stunning." -O: The Oprah Magazine "Let us now-at last-celebrate dangerous women writers: how cheering to see justice done with [this collection of] Shirley Jackson's heretofore unpublished works-uniquely unsettling stories and ruthlessly barbed essays on domestic life." -Vanity Fair "[ Let Me Tell You] feels like an uncanny dollhouse: Everything perfectly rendered, but something deliciously not quite right."

‘A Manual for Cleaning Women,’ by Lucia Berlin — Some short story writers - ­Chekhov, Alice Munro, William Trevor - sidle up and tap you gently on the shoulder: Come, they murmur, sit down, listen to what I have to say. Lucia Berlin spins you around, knocks you down and grinds your face into the dirt.

On the 50th anniversary of Shirley Jackson’s... — On the 50th anniversary of Shirley Jackson's death, her high school yearbook photo. To me, she looks very young and very determined.
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Jul 20, 2016

RT @thebookslut: It's the feast day of St Wilgefortis, the bearded woman who is patron of women wishing to be liberated from husbands

Jul 19, 2016

@NYTFridge why did you love it? I thought the sleeves were odd.

Jul 19, 2016

@juliaioffe maybe he was taken hostage somewhere. Also, great to hear you on @NPR last night!

Jul 19, 2016

@jenniferweiner I have had a piece of lead in my finger for the last 30+ years. School nurse said it would "work its way out"

Jul 19, 2016

I wonder what about this golfer appealed to Trump.

Jul 16, 2016

@jrakoff thanks! Can't believe you remember that.

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