Command and Control gives a mostly eyewitness account of an otherwise ordinary workplace accident at a nuclear warhead storage facility that could have led to full-scale devastation in the American South.
I decided to stop tipping. Why give money to waiters? They’ll just squander it. Think about it: that’s 20% of every meal cost right back in my pocket. BOOM.
New books this week include Dawn Tripp’s novel of Georgia O’Keeffe, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Italian memoir, a debut novel from Idra Novey, and National Book Award finalist Christopher Sorrentino’s latest.
When people ask what I’ve been up to lately, I say, “Not much, just lounging in my new Snuggie and reading Amber Sparks’ The Unfinished World.”
New books released this week include “The Portable Veblen” by Elizabeth McKenzie, “The Man Without a Shadow” by Joyce Carol Oates, and “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson.
After encountering a giant Bernie Sanders on Fremont Street last night, I realized that as a former Vermonter, I’d be remiss not to prop up a few books that #feelthebern.
Writers on self-pity, “the most destructive of non-pharmaceutical narcotics.” Also, why so much “competitive victimhood” in social media?
As a white male literary publisher, life is hard. Like, I want to put panda bears on everything, but no one will let me.
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.