Author: Jonathan Durbin

  • Kurt Andersen’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    America is a strange place right now. The weirdness has of course been exacerbated by our off-the-rails, crazy-train commander-in-chief, whose penchant for conspiracy theories and impulsive fits of self-expression have — hopefully temporarily — plunged the United States into the era of “alternative facts”: a dark age of false equivalencies between gut feelings and verifiable […]

  • In His New Novel, Tom Perrotta Tackles Sex in the Digital Age

    It’s never too late for reinvention, or so believes the cast of characters in Mrs. Fletcher (Scribner), the latest tragicomic novel from Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of The Leftovers, Little Children, and Election. After dropping her son off at college for his freshman semester, Eve Fletcher, the book’s 46-year-old divorcée and titular heroine, finds herself […]

  • Christopher Bollen Has Written This Summer’s Book Of Bad Behavior

    Christopher Bollen

    Christopher Bollen’s new novel, The Destroyers, is a decadent romp through the high crimes and lowly misdemeanors of the one percent of the one percent, a glimpse at an ultra-rarefied world of excess and avarice that’s ultimately less about material wealth than it is a certain existential bankruptcy. At nearly five hundred pages, The Destroyers […]

  • Roxane Gay Is The Hardest-Working Woman In Letters

    By now, the release of a new book by Roxane Gay has become a cultural event. The New York Times bestselling author is a rare mainstream crossover, both incisive and remarkably prolific, producing boundary-pushing work across a range of genres. She is a novelist, critic, essayist, comic-book author, screenwriter, and memoirist who has proved unafraid […]

  • Lesley Nneka Arimah Validates the Buzz

    Lesley Nneka Arimah is a writer to watch. The author’s debut, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Riverhead), is a collection of twelve strikingly beautiful stories that range from hyperrealist narratives about girls dealing with class issues in Nigeria to supernatural fables in which the wildly fantastic is treated as a […]

  • For Photographer Harley Weir, the World Is Her Oyster

    Harley Weir has a genius for intimacy. Celebrated for her ability to capture romantic, dreamlike images of her subjects, the young English photographer has become one of fashion’s most in-demand talents, shooting editorial commissions for French Vogue, Pop, Document, i-D, and Dazed and Confused, and lensing campaigns for the likes of Balenciaga and Calvin Klein. […]