books, writing, journals
Back in 1855, literary icons would gather at the Parker House Hotel for the all-male Saturday Club. Now, a bunch of mostly female Boston-based poets are hosting public literary events at the same historic location.
If there was ever a book that validates the belief to read fiction for empathy, for understanding, for widening your world view, “Lincoln in the Bardo” is it, writes critic Carol Iaciofano.
Steve Jones becomes the third former member of the incendiary British punk band to tell his life story -- from childhood abuse, to the band's short-lived fame and his struggle with alcoholism.
In recounting the story of how religious fervor turned a band of Inuit against one other, Lawrence Millman also warns of what he sees as a modern fervor for tech that turns people away from the natural world.
Moshfegh ignores the traditional narrative arc, presumably because most real lives don't have a nice resolution, but it leaves the reader feeling exhausted and infested, writes critic Julie Wittes Schlack.
Novelist and essayist Siri Hustvedt explores sexism and critical perception, as well as the connection between mind and body (and doctors and scientists’ aversion to considering both), in her latest collection.