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Bret Easton Ellis and Laurent Binet in Conversation

The writers Bret Easton Ellis (author of several books, including Less Than Zero, American Psycho, and Imperial Bedrooms) and Laurent Binet (HHhH) met recently to talk about writing, adapting…
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3636 words)

John Jeremiah Sullivan and Geoff Dyer in Conversation

The writers John Jeremiah Sullivan (Pulphead) and Geoff Dyer (Zona) recently met up in New York to discuss writing, Raising Arizona, and self-indulgence. The following is an edited transcript of…
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6552 words)

What Isn’t for Sale?

There are some things money can’t buy—but these days, not many. Almost everything is up for sale. For example: • A prison-cell upgrade: $90 a night. In Santa Ana, California, and…
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2385 words)

Diving into the Shallows | Full Stop

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our BrainsNicholas Carr [W.W. Norton, 2010] Luminous AirplanesPaul La Farge [Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2011] A novel can’t make toast. A novel…
PUBLISHED: March 13, 2012
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2706 words)

When a Movie Bewitches A Writer

Overture For more than a century, filmmakers have been plundering world literature for source material. Countless works by ancient, medieval, renaissance, enlightenment, Elizabethan, Victorian,…
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3400 words)

Horror Is Good for You

Eric G. Wilson is the Thomas H. Pritchard Professor of English at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the author of Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, The Mercy…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2105 words)

On Literary Love

David Bezmozgis was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1973. His first book, Natasha and Other Stories, won a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was a 2004 New York Times Notable Book. His second…
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6396 words)

The Guardians

The Thursday edition of the Riverdale Press carried a story that began An unidentified white man was struck and instantly killed by a Metro-North train last night as it pulled into the Riverdale…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 13, 2012
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2367 words)

The Believer

“With writing, I don’t think it’s performing a character, really, if the character you’re performing is yourself. I don’t see that as playing a role. It’s just…
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3767 words)