We are hopeful not because what is lost can be recovered, but because an irrecoverable loss does not determine one’s sense of self and future.
Le Carré elevated quit lit into something sublime and deserving of literary awards, unlike my overwrought internet Weltschmertz.
When does the act of acknowledging your own complicity in an unjust system start to look like an empty gesture? Aaron Colton considers the work of Jia Tolentino.
Writer Murray Browne looks back at Pynchon’s novel, once heralded by critics as “bonecrushingly dense,” in light of the age of Qanon.
Gaston Bachelard’s 1958 classic The Poetics of Space offers a fresh way of thinking about our increasingly cloistered existences.
The white publishing industry locks arms to form a united front against writers and critics of color — proving the critics’ point, again and again.
The Democratic Party’s Situationist wing seizes power in a Zen koan coup d’etat.
Nikolai Gogol’s 1835 short story “Nevsky Prospect” opens with a paean to the vivacity of life on its titular street.