At the heart of Danielle Dutton's Sprawl is a lavish, endless list of domestic objects: water pitchers, sweaters, cakes on cake stands, petunias in a terra-cotta pot. Borrowing techniques from both fiction, poetry, and visual art (particularly photography), the book not only infuses each object, be
A decade ago Emily Fox Gordon made her debut with "Mockingbird Years: A Life In and Out of Therapy,'' a memoir developed from an essay included in her fourth and latest book, "Book of Days: Personal Essays.''This new collection of her work over the intervening years is stunning, not only in the
An author who would go on to write rigorous experimental fiction, Gert Jonke was born in 1946 in Klagenfurt, Austria—Robert Musil's hometown. A talented pianist, he studied music but left the conservatory to be a writer, and found quick success with the 1969 publication of Geometric Regional Novel,
The excruciating interregnum between the dying of print prosperity and the rise of minimally commensurate digital profits is a huge story, and the version playing out at The Washington Post has been singularly dramatic. So is it really a good idea to send in a sportswriter to report on it?
Perhaps the greatest act of historical castration is of Jack London. This man was once the most-read revolutionary Socialist in American history—and he is remembered now for writing a cute story about a dog.
Great political movements start from the ground up. A group of citizens, faced with a government they find corrupt or unethical, take to the streets and march through their cities, sowing grassroots dissent through speech, writing, discussion and art. Great rabblerousers have shifted the direction
Few threads have disappeared so completely into history's loom than the story of Joseph Force Crater. A graduate of Columbia Law and a darling of Tammany Hall, Crater rose swiftly in the avaricious milieu of Jazz-Age New York politics; by the time then-governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed