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“I Couldn’t Have Written This 20 Years Ago”: Claire Messud, In Conversation With Joshua Cohen

May 23, 2024

Earlier this month, the author talked to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist about her new novel “This Strange Eventful History,” a sprawling, multi-generational epic.

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Ashleah Gonzales Made Kendall Jenner a Literary It-Girl. Now, She’s a Published Poet.

May 22, 2024

Kendall Jenner’s modeling agent started a tradition of gifting her client a new book every year. This week, she released her debut poetry collection, “Fake Piñata.”

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In Her New Story Collection, Author Pemi Aguda Invites Readers For a Haunting

May 15, 2024

“I have not experienced ghosts personally, but perhaps my stories are an invitation to them,” says the author of “Ghostroots,” a collection of haunted stories set in her native Lagos.

RIOT GRRRL

“We’re Trauma Bonding”: Kathleen Hanna, In Conversation With Brontez Purnell

May 14, 2024

Before publishing her memoir “Rebel Girl: My Life as a Feminist Punk,” the Bikini Kill singer looked back at her place in the Riot Grrrl movement with fellow punk rocker Brontez Purnell.

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Geoffrey Mak Still Hasn’t Lost Hope in the Personal Essay

May 7, 2024

Before publishing his debut essay collection, “Mean Boys,” the writer and critic joined us to talk about pain, pleasure, Trump, trad caths, and the Kardashians.

SHRED

Literary Skater Boys, Rejoice. José Vadi Wrote a Book For You.

May 2, 2024

The author of “Chipped: Writing From a Skateboarder’s Lens” joins us to talk Thrasher, punk-lite, and the sport’s assimilation into the mainstream.

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How Rachel Khong Fit Magic, Maoism, and Genetic Manipulation Into Her New Novel

April 30, 2024

“I wouldn’t call it sci-fi because I’m scared of offending that community, but there is science in this book,” says the “Real Americans” author. “There’s also a little bit of magic.”

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Nicolette Polek Found God in a Dilapidated Opera House

April 19, 2024

Just before the publication of her novel “Bitter Water Opera,” the author talked to us about converting to Christianity and living off the land.

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Marissa Higgins on BookTok, Lesbian Fiction, and Her Debut Novel

April 12, 2024

Before the publication of her debut novel “A Good Happy Girl,” author Marissa Higgins told us why the book’s protagonist isn’t an easy sell.

IN CONVERSATION

For Maggie Nelson, Criticism Is an Expression of Love

April 10, 2024

“Part of my critical practice,” the writer tells director Mike Mills, “is that only things I thought were great and needed more light on them merited the powers of my attention.”

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How the Work of Agnes Martin Inspired Victoria Chang’s New Book of Poems

April 10, 2024

“Writing is the main way in which I feel like I can survive,” says the poet, whose new book finds her processing loss through the work of the painter Agnes Martin.

IN CONVERSATION

Lauren Oyler Wishes You’d Fact-Check Your Reviews

April 9, 2024

The critic and literary firebrand joined Steven Phillips-Horst to discuss her new book of essays, “No Judgment”—plus irony, elitism, and the beauty of English.

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Constance Debré Started Sleeping With Women. Then She Wrote Four Books.

April 9, 2024

“Life is violent,” says the author, whose deadpan autobiographical novel “Playboy” made her a literary sensation in France. “That’s how it is.”

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Even Tayi Tibble Is Insecure About Her Instagram Captions

April 8, 2024

“Every morning is like being reborn to me,” says everyone’s favorite Instagram poet, whose new collection “Rangikura” hits bookshelves this week. “It’s upsetting.”

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In The Stone Home, Crystal Hana Kim Uncovers a Dark Chapter in Korean History

April 5, 2024

“When I’m writing, I always start with questions but I don’t necessarily expect to find answers,” says the author of “The Stone Home,” a new novel about the legacy of South Korean internment camps.

NOSTALGIA

Writer Fernanda Eberstadt on Growing Up at Warhol’s Factory

April 1, 2024

In her new memoir, “Bite Your Friends,” the daughter of legendary Warholian beauty Isabel Eberstadt reflects on the “eccentric freaks, loners and dreamers” of her New York youth.

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Alexandra Tanner Wrote a Novel for the Terminally Online

March 29, 2024

Before publishing her novel “Worry,” a meditation on internet brain rot, the author spoke to us about memes, mommy bloggers, and Miss Americana: Taylor Swift.

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Diane Seuss on Punk, Plath, and the Poetry of Rage

March 19, 2024

“I am sort of a combo of a punk and whatever a cow represents,” says the poet and Guggenheim fellow, whose latest book “Modern Poetry” finds her at her funniest and most inquisitive.

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Nora Treatbaby Can Make Your Poetry Readings a Little Less Boring

March 15, 2024

“I feel like transness is inherently ridiculous,” says the New York-based poet, whose debut collection “Our Air” blends sincerity, despair, and revolutionary politics.

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Wayne Koestenbaum on Poetry, Puberty, and Purgation

March 12, 2024

“Language is the glove into which I stick my hand, which permits me contact with the world,” says the writer and poet of his new book, “Stubble Archipelago.”