Feminize Your Canon: Olivia Manning

The first in a new series at the Paris Review, featuring “underrated and underread” female authors. This one profiles British Novelist Olivia Manning (1908-1980), known best for her novel School for Love and for her Balkan and Levant trilogies. Manning’s books featured less likable women characters, who might have been better appreciated if they were introduced now. A contemporary of Iris Murdoch and Kingsley Amis, she was jealous of their greater fame.

Published: Jun 13, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,901 words)

Becoming Spring Brucesteen: My Quest to Meet the Boss

It took Toniann Fernandez a decade after first leaving her New Jersey home to understand the appeal of Bruce Springsteen, the state’s officially sanctioned saint, and she tracks her various exploits this past year in what eventually becomes a futile attempt to meet the Boss.

Published: Apr 25, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,122 words)

The Strange History of the “King-Pine”

Everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about pineapples.

Published: Apr 25, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,706 words)

A Reckoning with Reality (TV)

Teen mothers, meth users, child abusers ─ reality TV is cast with people struggling with extreme challenges, so how complicit are viewers for fueling their trouble by treating it as entertainment? Lucas Mann investigates the genre and the love he and his wife share for reality TV.

Author: Lucas Mann
Published: Apr 2, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,131 words)

The Jumpsuit That Will Replace All Clothes Forever

Heather Radke writes about JUMPSUIT, a political art project by The Rational Dress Society’s Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and Maura Brewer. Glaum-Lathbury and Brewer aim to call attention to the ills of late capitalism — and to “make America rational again” — by manufacturing non-gendered, nearly shapeless jumpsuits, and encouraging people to wear them to the exclusion of all other fashion choices. Radke spends three weeks in one, and finds a surprising freedom in this particular fashion — or, anti-fashion — dictum.

Published: Mar 21, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,543 words)

How Much for That Pepe? Scenes from the First Rare Digital Art Auction

Art in the age of mechanical reproduction was supposed to be devoid of the aura of the artist. How could something be original if everything could be copied? Crypto boosters suggest the blockchain can restore some of this lost luster, and they’re ready to use it to create an entirely new art market

Published: Jan 23, 2018
Length: 10 minutes (2,600 words)

On Basquiat, the Black Body, and a Strange Sensation in My Neck

Aisha Sabatini Sloan weaves together recollections of her own neck injuries and back pain with a study of visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s diligent, abstract renderings of body parts and bones.

Published: Oct 26, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,268 words)

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

We is an escape hatch. We is cheap. We is a way of simultaneously sloughing off personal responsibility and taking on the mantle of easy authority.”

Published: Nov 20, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,175 words)

Skiffle Craze: An Interview with Billy Bragg

On the Paris Review, Alex Abramovich talks with Billy Bragg about skiffle, the history of music, and duck jokes.

Published: Aug 1, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,745 words)

Walter Mosley, The Art of Fiction No. 234

A prolific writer of fifty-four diverse books, and widely known for his Easy Rawlins crime series, Walter Mosley talks with The Paris Review about race, creativity, the book publishing industry, the confines of genre and his three decades depicting Black American life.

Published: Mar 8, 2017