Books

Notes on a Budding Public Intellectual: An Excerpt From Daniel Schreiber’s Susan Sontag Biography

The first biography to be published after the writer and public intellectual’s death in 2004, Daniel Schreiber’s Susan Sontag has been translated from German into English, for release in America by Northwestern University Press, at a time when its subject’s star is the brightest it’s been since her passing. With her legacy well established, a new generation of writers is looking to Sontag as the gold standard for cultural criticism. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Flavorwire Author Club: Never Mind David Foster Wallace, Here’s Nora Ephron

Joan Didion and David Foster Wallace are two of the most common points of comparison for contemporary essayists who blur the line between cultural criticism and their own personal experience. Whether their books border on memoir or their essays set out with the intent to dissect an experience, event, or work of art from a personal point of view, we frequently judge new voices by these two giants of the modern essay. … Read More

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5 Great Forbidden Love Stories With ‘Like No Other’ Author Una LaMarche

Una LaMarche‘s Like No Other is a wonderful romance between two Brooklyn teenagers — Devorah, an Orthodox Jew, and Jaxon, a black nerd — whose paths cross when they’re trapped in a hospital elevator during a hurricane. Despite the fact that they both live in Crown Heights, their paths would’ve never crossed otherwise, as Devorah is part of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, which exists in its own cloistered world — a world that, historically, has had tensions with Crown Heights’ African American population. … Read More

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“Tyler Durden Has Been Around for Centuries”: Chuck Palahniuk Talks ‘Fight Club 2′

When Chuck Palahniuk floated the possibility of a graphic novel sequel to his now-classic book Fight Club at New York Comic Con last… Read More

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Discovering America With Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ Dog-Crazy Book ‘Travels With Casey’

If the title of Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ new book, Travels With Casey, evokes, like the whisper of a memory, the name of a classic book — John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charley – that’s not an outright accident. Denizet-Lewis, a longtime writer for The New York Times Magazine who has written about bulldogs and ex-gay friends (with the latter piece due to become a James Franco movie), set out on an American adventure with his dog in tow, much like Steinbeck. But the stories in this book are true (and focused on the idea of dogs and dog culture in America), unlike Steinbeck’s, as Travels With Charley has been famously haunted by accusations of being more fiction than non. … Read More

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The Subversive French Crime Fiction of Jean-Patrick Manchette

From Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, last year’s collection of mostly midcentury stories by the likes of Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and other lesser-knowns to the critical and commercial success of writers like Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, and Tana French to the Library of America adding a volume with four of Elmore Leonard’s novels from the 1970s to its esteemed collection, this is the perfect time to embrace crime fiction beyond Hammett, Christie, and Chandler. And now, with NYRB Classics releasing another English translation of his books, Americans have another opportunity to enjoy the works of French author Jean-Patrick Manchette. … Read More

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John D’Agata’s ‘About a Mountain’ Is Being Adapted For Film

In Filmmaker Magazine‘s yearly roundup of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” director Lily Henderson is clearly the most… Read More

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10 Children’s Book Series That Deserve TV Adaptations

With the success young adult books are having at the box office — The Hunger Games series, The Fault In Our Stars — it was only a matter of time before television stepped up its game and started to adapt more children’s and young adult books into TV series. There have already been some great successes (Pretty Little LiarsGossip Girl), and there are a few other book-to-TV projects in the works (Wondrous Strange and The Clan of the Cave Bear), but as far as I’m concerned, there can never be too many. Here are ten book series that deserve TV adaptations — or a second chance at one. … Read More

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