It’s a long, drab slog through the lives of a group of neurotic bores.
An essay about an essay about a book about David Foster Wallace, which was just made into a movie. Got that?
New stuff to read from Sandra Cisneros, Harper Lee, Elizabeth Gilbert, Patti Smith, and more.
Dana Schwartz’s parody accounts gleefully skewer pretentious writing majors and the dystopian YA novels that enrage them.
And who really gives a shit? Besides Jonathan Franzen.
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
In The Middlesteins Jami Attenberg makes suburbia actually kind of soulful.
Author of Alien vs. Predator: “I have a real aversion to poetry readings, even when I’m reading at them.”
A portrait of David Foster Wallace as a midwestern author
Jonathan Franzen lives in Manhattan, he’ll have you know.
Facebook commenters tend to like things. Comment board commenters, not so much.
To tweet or not to tweet?
It’s time to retire the book blurb.
The 22nd annual Chicago Humanities Festival. Theme: Technology
The Atlantic gets a little too fucking precious when it tries placing @MayorEmanuel in a broader literary context.