Becca Rothfeld on Sanctimony Literature

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Building on her critical reading of Sally Rooney’s Normal People a year ago, Becca Rothfeld surveys the characteristics of a genre she calls “sanctimony literature” in Liberties.

 

Ryan Ruby on Chris Power

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Amid a great deal of fanfare for Chris Power’s début novel, A Lonely Man, Ryan Ruby has stepped forth with a dissenting view in the New Left Review.

 

Samuel Liu on David Foster Wallace

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At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Samuel Liu reassesses the work of David Foster Wallace in light of an uncertainty about Wallace’s gifts, let alone his supposed “genius”.

 

Thomas Chatterton Williams on #DisruptTexts

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In his regular column for Harper’s, Thomas Chatterton Williams takes aim at the #DisruptTexts movement, which advocates for the diversification of reading lists via the purging of titles that are not “relevant” to minority communities.

 

James Ley on Jenny Erpenbeck

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In a perceptive analysis at the Sydney Review of Books, James Ley tries to find a common thread between the novels of Jenny Erpenbeck and her new collection of essays.