Christian Lorentzen

  1. Can Short Stories Still Shock?Modes once heralded as avant-garde now linger among the array of strategies available to any writer.
  2. year in culture 2015
    The 10 Best Books of 2015Where will Ta-Nehisi Coates take us next?
  3. My Chat With Knausgaard (Not Just About Hitler)The Norwegian novelist on European refugees, Hitler, and his own Argentinian dream.
  4. 17 Reviews of Opening Lines of New BooksHow fair is it to judge a book by its opening? We’re doing it anyway.
  5. What to Make of Michel Houellebecq’s Caliphate Fantasia SubmissionAlready the novel has been said to represent about a thousand different things.
  6. sylvia plath
    Do We Have a New Sylvia Plath Sex Scandal?The London literary world is genuinely atwitter.
  7. Obama As Book Critic: the President on Marilynne RobinsonAs an interviewer, Obama has a touch of “The Chris Farley Show” about him.
  8. Why Are Today’s Critics So Defensive?We’re in an age of ambient anxiety about what it means to enjoy things and whether or not others enjoy them, too.
  9. ‘I Won the Nobel Prize!’An interview with the translator of the new Nobel laureate.
  10. My Book-Prize Betting Addiction: A User’s Guide to Making Money Off Alice MunroUnlike most gambling addicts, I’m still in the black.
  11. book review
    City on Fire Is Trying to Have It Too Many WaysThe year’s biggest debut says a lot about what sort of story New York publishers and Hollywood think they can sell.
  12. Gamelife: Michael Clune’s New Gamer-Memoir ClassicAll those hours spent at the keyboard of a Commodore 64 or an Apple IIe, was any of it really fun?
  13. Toward a Unified Theory of Joan DidionThere’s nothing to be ashamed of in loving Joan Didion, whether you’re a 20-something woman who’d wear Céline if she could afford it or a Gen X man in corduroys.
  14. Gary Indiana’s Great Material“People like us are lucky because every shitty thing that happens to us is just more material,” Indiana has recalled Burroughs telling him.
  15. fall preview 2015
    What Our Critics Are Really Looking Forward to This FallTheir top five picks for the season.
  16. How Jonathan Franzen Became America’s Leading Public MoralistOur foremost novelist as pundit.
  17. fall preview 2015
    How Jonathan Franzen Became America’s Leading Public MoralistOur foremost novelist as pundit.
  18. My Favorite Doctorow: When He Played It StraightIt turned out that Doctorow the experimental historical novelist was also very good — masterful, really — at playing it straight.
  19. The Best Books of 2015 (So Far)Not included: the fastest-selling novel of the year.
  20. Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman: Better Off Lost?What can you make of a vastly inferior novel with a much more sophisticated morality?
  21. Benjamin Markovits’s Obama NovelObama himself even makes an appearance, delivering a speech with the line that gives the novel its title and giving the narrator a bloody nose with a misplaced elbow in a pickup basketball game.
  22. legacies
    The Rewriting of David Foster WallaceHow the author of Infinite Jest became the center of a self-help cult.
  23. vulture lists
    The Stoner Canon: 101 Trippy Movies, Albums, Books, TV Shows, and MoreThe definitive keys to unlocking the high headspace.
  24. Should White Men Stop Writing? A Q&A With Elisa Gabbert“White liberals should be questioning our own motives, and being careful not to dominate the conversation, and taking criticism seriously.”
  25. book review
    Nell Zink’s Brilliant Mislaid Is a Parody of a Satire of RaceIt uses southern racism as fuel for devious comic flights.
  26. international intrigue
    All Bets Are Off in Britain’s Messy ElectionWith Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck, David Cameron and Ed Miliband have entered desperation mode.
  27. Is Radical Queerness Possible Anymore? Poet Maggie Nelson’s New MemoirThe couple watch X-Men: First Class in bed and debate whether it’s better to be an assimilationist or a revolutionary. Are they fated to homonormativity?
  28. books
    The Very Public Saga of Karl Ove Knausgaard Writing About HimselfHis latest Volume 4: Dancing in the Dark is a lesser work than the first two books (though better than the third).