Essays

196 Articles
Sorted by
New York Diary by Édouard Louis
Edouardlouis 01

The French writer Édouard Louis recorded his days in New York, around the time of the American release of his novel The End of Eddy. The following entries originally appeared in French in the June 6, 2017, edition of Les Inrockuptibles.

Rain Like Cotton by Jennifer Kabat
Kabat Essay 01

Picture an area the size of Manhattan covered in sand. It rises and falls and disappears.

Italy, Two Ways: Jessie Chaffee and Minna Zallman Proctor
Jessie Chaffee and Minna Zallman Proctor

“There’s often a gap between what we’re trying to say and what we are able to say. Sometimes I’m successful and sometimes I fail. Sometimes it’s painful and sometimes I get into that space where it feels right. That’s the high.”

Supportive Acts by Justin Torres
104861287 08312017 Justin Torres Supportive Acts 01 New

Rickie Vasquez is wondering if all you ever have to offer him are crumbs.

On the Creation of Syllabi by Jesse Ball
Jesse Ball Syllabi Banner

The finger pointing to the hills.

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen by Michael Wilson
Cecilia Vicuna About To Happen Bomb Magazine 02

A modestly sized but nonetheless ambitious blend of catalog, monograph, and artist’s project, the book accompanies a touring exhibition of the same name which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, in March 2016.

Beginnings & Endings by Liza St. James
Elena Passarello 01

A bestiary of human proportions in Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses

from The Manhattan Project by László Krasznahorkai
614922369 03272017 Laszlo Krasznahorkai Ornan Rotem Bomb 01

I sat at the bar of the Zwiebelfisch in Berlin together with David Bell, the renowned Kant scholar; it happened to be one of his regular haunts and it was the only spot where we could have an undisturbed meeting whenever he was in Berlin.

Sarah Gerard’s Sunshine State by Laura van den Berg
Sarah Gerard Deep Breath 01

Sarah Gerard’s essay collection, Sunshine State, embodies Florida’s unpredictability in the best sense.

A Punch in 4/4 Time by Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez
110705131 03272017 Angel Nevarez And Valerie Tevere Bomb 01

On the day of POTUS 45’s inauguration, alt-right front man Richard Spencer was punched in the face during an interview for Australian television.

Theoretically Personal by Sarah Hoenicke
Yiyun Li 01

Resisting confession in Yiyun Li’s Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Hunger for Wholeness by Jenessa Abrams
Melissa Febos 01

Deconstructing self-made myths in Melissa Febos’s Abandon Me

Klaus Kertess (1940–2016)
Klaus Kertess Portrait Bomb 01

What I loved most about Klaus was his old-world elegance. 

Spoleto ‘65 by Bill Berkson
378816223 09272016 Bill Berkson 02 Bomb 137

Frank O’Hara was asked by Gian Carlo Menotti to select the American poets for Settimana della Poesia at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, June 26 through July 2, 1965. 

Geoff Dyer by Ryan Chapman
Geoff Dyer Luxor Statues Two Angles

“I’m glad that the work is still proving elusive enough to resist attempts to gather it all up in a critical hamper or net.”

The Kardashians by Brienne Walsh, Chelsea Knight & Elise Rasmussen
Kardashians 01

“They own their own image. In a world where image is everything, that’s a very serious kind of ownership.”

On Dossiers, Permitting Shame, Error and Guilt, Myself the Single Source by Brian Blanchfield

“I am merely opening a dossier,” says Roland Barthes, again and again, throughout his three final seminars in Paris in the late seventies, each course posthumously converted to a book, each book divided into annotated weekly lectures, subsectioned into brief semi-independent scholia. More than lecture notes but short of sustained essay, each book is agile, esoteric, and unsynthesized, pivoting continually to consult yet another tangential text or discipline.

Naja Marie Aidt by Mieke Chew
Naja Marie Aidt Bomb 3

“Women in Denmark should be both women and men at the same time, but ‘men’ and ‘women’—what does that mean?”

Jenni Olson by Steve Macfarlane
Jenni Olson Bomb 1

“I’m not thinking about the market. I’m thinking about what I want to say.”

Craft Talk Nobody Asked For by Justin Taylor
Albert Henry Arden

One of my favorite books of short fiction from the last few years is Sam Lipsyte’s The Fun Parts. I often assign stories from it in my workshops and have been waiting for an opportunity to teach the whole collection. 

No more results to load.
Nothing found—try broadening your search.