Writers on self-pity, “the most destructive of non-pharmaceutical narcotics.” Also, why so much “competitive victimhood” in social media?
Author Archives: Matt Borondy
Best Books of 2015 as selected by the N.Y. Times, Washington Post, Flavorwire, and other publications obsessed with Jonathan Franzen.
Claire Vaye Watkins on pandering and Pankaj Mishra on growing stupid together–plus a profile of Roger Angell.
Links of the week: Throwing away your mind in academia, Beirut vs. Paris, the fatal flaw in weak descriptions, Joseph Bates grows up, and Alan Watts on death.
Books released November 10th include rewritten fairy tales by Michael Cunningham, a Tom Petty bio, and Rick Moody’s “best novel in many years.”
This week’s links of note: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein, How to Get Published in Lit Mags, #upweek, and contemplating Ayn Rand.
New books born on November 3rd, 2015: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, The Crossing: A Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly, Numero Zero by Umberto Eco, Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
“Loneliness is a state of lack, a longing, and though that can be acutely painful it’s also interesting.”