The author on pushing back against the overly simplistic narrative of addiction.
Autofiction that explores the borderland between memoir and vision quest.
Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 at the Museum of Modern Art and The Mudd Club book.
A German play based on a French memoir reflects on the global Left’s abandonment of the working class—and finds additional significance in the Age of Trump.
Investigating the interface between humans, nature, and technology.
In 2017, I moved for several months to Ayvalik, a seaside town in southern Turkey. My father had spent many summers there in a two-story family house that overlooked the Aegean Sea. It was a place he loved. I couldn’t save my father. I decided to save his house instead. With the help of locals, we brought it back to the way it used to be.
Myriam Gurba’s Mean is the latest in a tear of recent autofiction (including Rachel Cusk’s Transit and Barbara Browning’s The Gift) that employ the genre to showcase the complications of modern women’s lives.
Writing personal and generational trauma.
A rediscovered novel and memoir depict a character we are lucky to have on the page. In life he would mortify us.
Disastrous screenings, Nam June Paik’s meeting with Bill Clinton, and time spent as a dog.
Chris Kraus and Douglas A. Martin conjure the iconoclastic author.
“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.”
Rickie Vasquez is wondering if all you ever have to offer him are crumbs.
“The perceived aversion to a male-centered illness narrative had to do with antiquated ideas about who should and shouldn’t be vulnerable to a failing body, and what that vulnerability means.”
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.
Resisting confession in Yiyun Li’s Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life
Deconstructing self-made myths in Melissa Febos’s Abandon Me
“I’m just using language to manipulate the reader into feeling my feelings, or the feelings I hope they feel.”