Books reviewed in “New Books” column, Harper’s Magazine, February 2015: Satin Island, Tom McCarthy; The Infernal, Mark Doten; Green on Blue, Elliot Ackerman.
Multiple Identities, the transcription of a conversation with Tess Lewis, Richard Panchyk, Sophie Pinkham, and George Prochnik about Joseph Roth and Stefan Zweig, appears in The Believer.
Books reviewed in “New Books” column, Harper’s Magazine, December 2014: A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, Allyson Hobbs; The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution, Jonathan Eig; The Hormone Factory, Saskia Goldschmidt (trans. Hester Velmans).
An introduction to five coming-of-age essays appears in the December 2014 issue of Harper’s Magazine.
GlblVlgIdiot’s Annual Report 2014, co-written with co-CFO Alexander Provan, images courtesy of CEO Jon Kessler, appears in the November issue of Art in America.
A review of Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing appears in The New York Times Book Review.
An introduction to a new edition of J.G. Ballard’s The Day of Creation, published by HarperCollins UK.
Books reviewed in “New Books” column, Harper’s Magazine, October 2014: The Peripheral, William Gibson; Another Man’s City, Ch’oe In-Ho (trans. Bruce Fulton, Ju-Chan Fulton);Pavane for a Dead Princess, Park Min-gyu Park (trans. Amber Hyun Jung Kim); The Square, Choi In-hun (trans. Kim Seong-kon).
Literary Animals, an essay, appears in The Fabulist.
Books reviewed in “New Books” column, Harper’s Magazine, August 2014: Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, Dave Eggers; F, Daniel Kehlmann (trans. Carol Brown Janeway); Diary of a Mad Diva, Joan Rivers.
An essay on Herodotus, and Russia in Ukraine, appears in the Summer 2014 “War” issue of Bookforum.
Books reviewed in “New Books” column, Harper’s Magazine, June 2014: No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald; A World of Paper: Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the Rise of the Information State, John C. Rule and Ben S. Trotter; Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age, Alex Wright.
The Web, a text cowritten with Alexander Provan, to accompany Jon Kessler’s exhibition The Web, was performed by actor Neal Bledsoe at Swiss Institute in New York on April 28, 2013, and at Museum Tinguely in Basel on January 26, 2014. A recording of the latter performance is available here.
An essay, Reflection, appears in the catalog Kikuo Saito: Paintings and Works on Paper.
A review of W.G. Sebald’s A Place in the Country appears in The New York Times Book Review.
Books reviewed in “New Books” column, Harper’s Magazine, April 2014: Shakespeare’s Montaigne, John Florio (ed. Stephen Greenblatt and Peter Platt); Collected French Translations, John Ashbery; The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel, Benjamin Black.
The Burnt, the Abandoned, and the Died-on: Bernard Malamud’s Three Unfinished Novels appears in Harper’s Magazine.
A review of Claudia Roth Pierpont’s Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books appears in The Guardian.
Books reviewed in “New Books” column, Harper’s Magazine, February 2014: Novels and Stories of the 1940s and 50s and Novels and Stories of the 1960s, Bernard Malamud (ed. Philip Davis); Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart; The Scent of Pine, Lara Vapnyar.
A letter to N+1.