An International Episode

Henry James: An International Episode

Simon reviews Henry James’ “An International Episode.” Read the full post.

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My Favorite Reads of 2014

Trevor shares his favorite read from 2014. Read the full post.

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The Girls Who Pry Open Doors and Climb Over Walls

P.T. Smith reviews Lola Lafon’s We Are the Birds of the Coming Storm, translated from the French by David and Nicole Ball, and Elvira Dones’ Sworn Virgin, translated from the Italian by Clarissa Botsford. Read the full post.

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Nuruddin Farah: “The Start of the Affair”

This week’s New Yorker story is Nuruddin Farah’s “The Start of the Affair.” Read the full post.

Butterflies in November

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir: Butterflies in November

P.T. Smith reviews Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir’s 2004 novel Butterflies in November, translated from the Icelandic by Brian FitzGibbon, and out in the U.S. this week from Grove Atlantic. Read the full post.


Alice Munro: “Marrakesh”

Trevor and Betsy examine Alice Munro’s “Marrakesh,” from her collection Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. Read the full post.

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Todd Haynes: Safe

Trevor reviews Todd Haynes’ 1995 film, Safe, just out in a new Blu-ray edition from The Criterion Collection. Read the full post.


Elizabeth McKenzie: “Savage Breast”

This week’s New Yorker story is Elizabeth McKenzie’s “Savage Breast.” Betsy shares her thoughts. Read the full post.

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country

William H. Gass: In the Heart of the Heart of the Country

Earlier this year, NYRB Classics released William H. Gass’s short treatise on language, On Being Blue (review here). It was my first experience with the writer I’d heard so much about, and it was a good experience: I definitely wanted to read some of his fiction. NYRB Classics followed up On…


Mark Strand: Collected Poems

Trevor reviews Collected Poems from Mark Strand, who passed away this past weekend. This remarkable collection of 50 years of work was long listed for the National Book Award. Read the full post.

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Les Blank: Aways For Pleasure

Trevor reviews The Criterion Collection’s new boxset of fourteen documentaries by Les Blank, who died in 2013. Read the full post.

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Tim Parks: “Reverend”

This week’s New Yorker story is Tim Parks’ “Reverend.” Betsy offers her thoughts. Read the full post.


Yasushi Inoue: The Hunting Gun

P.T. Smith reviews Yasushi Inoue’s 1949 novel, The Hunting Gun, translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich. Read the full post.


Etgar Keret: “One Gram Short”

This week’s New Yorker story is Etgar Keret’s “One Gram Short,” translated from the Hebrew by Nathan Englander. Betsy offers her thoughts. Read the full post.


Jacques Tati: Parade

Trevor reviews Parade, Jacques Tati’s final film. Read the full post.

The Ballad of Peckham Rye

Muriel Spark: The Ballad of Peckham Rye

Lee reviews Muriel Spark’s 1960 novel The Ballad of Peckham Rye. Read the full post.


Jacques Tati: Trafic

Trevor reviews Jacques Tati’s last Monsieur Hulot film, 1971’s Trafic. Read the full post.

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Brad Watson: “Eykelboom”

This week’s New Yorker story is Brad Watson’s “Eykelboom.” Read the full post.

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