Janet Malcolm’s latest book is Nobody’s Looking at You, a collection of essays. (September 2020)
‘I Should Have Made Him for a Dentist’
Norman Podhoretz’s memoir ‘Making It’
by Norman Podhoretz, with an introduction by Terry Teachout
March 22, 2018 issue
‘A Very Sadistic Man’
Jonathan Bate’s ‘Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life’
Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life
by Jonathan Bate
February 11, 2016 issue
The Master Writer of the City
Joseph Mitchell’s notorious nonfiction inventions revealed a hybrid genre for which he had a singular genius.
Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker
by Thomas Kunkel
April 23, 2015 issue
Michelle: Surviving in a Fixed World
December 20, 2012 issue
Last winter, I came into possession of the papers of an émigré psychiatrist who practiced in New York in the late 1940s and 1950s. The archive included a collection of manila envelopes, around six by ten inches, stuffed with folded sheets of thin paper covered with single-spaced typing: the notes the psychiatrist made after seeing patients (many of them fellow émigrés) in his office. As I studied the sheets with their inky typewriting and 60-year-old paper clips holding them together and leaving rust marks on the surface, my collagist’s imagination began to stir. I began to “see” some version of the collages on view here.
January 8, 2012
Comedy Central on the Mall
On October 31, Peter Clothier, a seventy-four-year-old author and retired professor, posted an entry on his blog, called The Buddha Diaries, about the wonderful day he and his wife Ellie had spent at the Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on October 30 at the Mall in Washington, D.C., between noon and 3 PM. “We stood there trapped for a good two hours, surrounded by people who, like us, had showed up. We saw nothing, heard nothing of what was happening on the stage. It was great!” Clothier writes.
November 8, 2010