History and its critics

Maria Mudrovcic (Comahue): Time, History and Philosophy of History. Zoltan Boldizsar Simon (Bielefeld): History Set into Motion Again. Rafael Winkler (Johannesburg): Is History as a Science Possible? Historical Duree and the Critique of Positivism. Meg Foster (Sydney): Online and Plugged In? Public History and Historians in the Digital Age. Joris van Eijnatten, Toine Pieters, and Jaap Verheul (Utrecht): Big Data for Global History: The Transformative Promise of Digital Humanities. Manuel Perez

Paper Trail

The Economist has hired Zanny Minton Beddoes as editor. Formerly the business affairs editor, she’s the first woman to be in charge at the magazine. The New Yorker rounds up its coverage of authors named as 2014 NBCC award finalists (announced Monday), including work by Blake Bailey, Roz Chast, and Elizabeth Kolbert; reviews of Claudia


Andre Dubus's best characters

Bibi DeitzAndre Dubus's literary superpower is to hit upon that one thing about a character that makes him him, or her her. And in so doing, with subtle, clever details—breadcrumbs on the trail to the nucleus

Daily Review

Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation

Laura Kipnis is drawn to obsessive men, in particular obsessive men with bizarre or taboo obsessions. In place of theories, she assembles divergent examples of the form, a data set designed to flummox even the most determined essentializer.


    Miranda July

    In Miranda July's films and short stories, the protagonist is usually shut off from the world: insular, habit-prone, and to the outside world, a little weird, The beauty of Cheryl Glickman, the narrator of July's debut novel, The First Bad Man, is that she's come to see her idiosyncrasies as totally logical, After reading several pages of Cheryl's chatty internal monologue, the reader will, too.


    On Cortázar

    Becca Rothfeld

    Reading Hopscotch—reading Julio Cortázar—is a bit like navigating a labyrinth. Behind each corner, each chapter doubling back on itself, lurks the prospect of an unforeseen encounter, at once disturbing and tantalizing. Distances are distorted. Ostensible shortcuts will lead you on a scenic route that provides alternate, unexpected perspectives. All the while, Cortázar’s work invokes a sort of Zeno’s Paradox.