If readers can look past the surprisingly detailed descriptions of sex with planks of wood or the exhausting reptiloid monologues that occupy so many of the novel’s pages, they might find themselves wondering if Pelevin has started to believe in his own inventions. The only artifact of this entire episode is the titular “lamp of
The discoveries, not those who make them, are important — and those discoveries are only important as they affect people. For the moment, we need to concentrate on this much less constrained use of CRISPR, which is already beginning. But if this is more or less the beginning of the CRISPR discovery story, it is
It was good to see something different. Does film as a medium, for instance, shape your writing? The meaning of abstraction is pretty abstract. But to presume that I am smart enough to preach a position runs counter to my artistic sense. The place is full of film, TV, and fiction writers. ¤ Yogita Goyal
The story spoke to them in just the same way that Oedipus’ murder of his father or Macbeth’s obsession with power and death speak to people throughout the Western world. The success of this novel, subtly staged, is that it allows us to consider how these ideologies might coexist. At the novel’s close, the son,
Unlike the racialized criminals of conventional crime fiction — from the paisans of Mario Puzo to the African-American and Latino street gangsters of Elmore Leonard and Chester Himes — Westlake’s bad guys are almost uniformly Waspish and unspecific, from the Carters and Fairfaxes of the Parker books to the multinational corporatist eco-villain, Richard Curtis, of
He mumbled something, which she would remember much later as very strange. The busiest person in town, according to the Tribune, Bobsy kept two telephones in her bedroom, which rang all morning from 8:30 to 11:00. She and Alice visited artists and sculptors with an eye to exhibits at the Arts Club. Age 36, he
The only person willing to come to the couple’s aid after the attack is a neighbor whom, in their old life, they looked down upon and avoided. Unable to help care for Ange, Nadia soon realizes that she has no choice but to leave. She writes stories about female characters grappling with race and assimilation
Many books have been published on the history of caricature, and they always include several of La Caricature’s notorious images. (I assure you, this was written 169 years ago, not yesterday.) Instead of the liberal policies that were promised as a result of the July Revolution of 1830, Louis Philippe immediately instituted press restrictions. Charlie
I’m tired of watching interestingly complex female characters become mean and stupid—the Sansa and Arya thing is interesting, intermittently, but it’s also just so damned unnecessary, and requires them both to be maximally petty and mean and lacking in insight or compassion—and I’m SO SO SO tired of seeing Queen Daenerys cheerfully subordinate her entire
Confined by the role she assumed, she performed her new identity. By the time my mother got to Nashville, she recognized the necessity to become as white as possible. She is the author most recently of With Dogs at the Edge of Life. I’m sure that my mother never looked at any of these photos.
Overall, BOOM! They sometimes behave according to more traditional gender norms — for example, they spend lots of time doing art, and April dresses in a very girly style — but they are in no way shackled to these norms. It even shows that gender is not fixed or immutable. Box title that failed to
Such a recent loss often looks horrible on a boxer’s resume. Fighters have become obsessed with avoiding losses in hopes of earning the largest possible paydays. So, back to McGregor: when he lost to Diaz, fans figured he was too small or had the wrong game plan, but they wanted to see him try again.
Inspired by the scientific management of labor devised by the mechanical engineer F. There should be no pointed objects, and no fire. W. Taylor, Bolsheviks championed the “selfless devotion” and “organic fusion” of the soviet worker with the factory as a whole. Industrialization and the machine were seen as tools of emancipation rather than oppression.
Tucholsky, who was neither a politician nor a psychiatrist, was neither practical nor helpful — just brilliant and right. On May 9, “Fire Slogans” were sent to student bodies to be read the next day at book burnings at all German universities. The left (masochistically quibbling over minutiae) threw the presidential election to Trump: the
The use of white paint present in both exhibitions suggests that African-American artists struggle to separate the means of resistance from the cultural productions they wish to denounce. Pants shield his legs until the painting ends just above his knees; the frame excludes his body below his thigh. Artists such as Adrian Piper and Andrea
They would much rather have poor whites dependent on them for information than risk their exposure to abolitionist arguments, particularly those that portrayed poor whites as another of slavery’s victims. An 1849 abolitionist editorial, for instance, declared that “the free white people of these States have no interest in slave property, but on the contrary
Finally, things fall apart when August is betrayed by one of the girls. The encounter lasts only a moment. Nonetheless, it is enough to spark the memories that make up the rest of the novel. They put FOR SALE signs on their homes but left before the buildings sold. Right now.” For a brief time
By the end of Maximum Sunlight, Day hasn’t cleanly answered her questions about Tonopah. For the progeny of white settlers, land in this part of the country represents both freedom and safety — freedom from other people and safety from anyone imagined to be threatening. Born of Lakota and Wyandot heritage, he held numerous world
Soon after, her husband returns home from his adventure and politely asks what she did during his absence. The IMAX sound system is also engineered to enhance the muscular sonic effects that Nolan exploits to magnify both the thundering reverberation of the bombs and, crucially, the varied, consistently impressive, orchestral accompaniment composed by Hans Zimmer.
Senna describes how she crafts historical/cultural geographies: of Brooklyn in the ’90s, Stanford University a few years earlier, and the nightmare utopia of Jonestown. Also, poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday returns to recommend Toni Cade Bambara’s novel The Salt Eaters. LARB Radio Hour: Danzy Senna’s “New People”: Race, Identity, Romance, and Jonestown; Plus Toni Cade