Pop music forever

Thierry Cote (York): Celluloid Heroes: Music Movies of the Rock Era as Critiques of the Cultural Industries and Late Capitalism. From Celebrity Studies, Bethany Usher and Stephanie Fremaux (Teesside): Who Is He Now: David Bowie and the Authentic Self. Hollis Griffin (Denison): Hair Metal Redux: Gendering Nostalgia and Revising History on VH1. Rosemary Lucy Hill (Leeds): Hard Rock and Metal in the Subcultural Context: What Fans Listening to the Music Can Tell Us. Who invented “heavy metal”?

Paper Trail

Riverhead Books has announced that Sarah McGrath will be its new editor in chief. McGrath has been an acquiring editor at Riverhead since 2006, and has worked with Khaled Hosseini, Meg Wolitzer, and Chang-rae Lee, among others. The New York Times has hired Katie Rosman of the Wall Street Journal to be a columnist for


Weird Sex

Vanessa RovetoThere's good sex and there's bad sex. And then there's weird sex—a Freudian purgatory that somehow neither stimulates the libido nor inhibits it. In art and life, we're inclined to seek out pleasure

Daily Review

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book

It is both reassuring and unnerving to recall the Cold War as conducted with books rather than tanks. Both the CIA and the KGB implicitly endorsed Maxim Gorky's proclamation that "books are the most important and most powerful weapons in socialist culture."


William T. Vollmann

William T. Vollmann's latest story collection considers death from a variety of perspectives, veering from realistic to supernatural, from reportage-like writing to the ghost story. Bookforum talks with the author about his new book, his FBI files, his ongoing research of coal mines and the environment, and his female persona, Delores.


F for Fake

Brian Dillon

What exactly do we mean when we call an artist or writer a charlatan? What manner of truth is in question? Assuredly, an artistic or literary charlatan is not merely a fraud, a forger, or an impostor. Such quasi-criminal categories have their own clear-cut logic: The perpetrator either is or isn't what he purports to be. But an accusation of charlatanry points to something far more fundamental than a simple waywardness with the facts.