Michelle Obama waited ten years for Donna Tart’s new novel—almost as long as she’s been waiting for her husband’s health care plan to work.
“We’re the quiet woman at the end of the third-floor hallway, whose trash is always tidy, who smiles brightly in the stairwell with a cheerful greeting, and who, from behind closed doors, never makes a sound. In our lives of quiet desperation … not a soul registers that we are furious.” Dear Diary: I’m sorry [...]
Oh, I can tell you about the American dream. The son of Armenian immigrants, I spent the early 1970s living in a friend’s walk-in closet on Venice Beach, working as a valet because I’d been fired from my secretary position at William Morris. And then I started selling posters beachside, except I already had an [...]
Dear Diary, It is really hard to type on an iPad with an IV in your wrist. I tried writing in my official journal with the Tibaldi fountain pen Baron Carrickfergus gave me at a Lifeboat Naming ceremony in October, but the ink scent made me sick. I’ve been here at the hospital six days now, [...]
NaNoWriMo—Month of creative commitment-slash-torture! Month of antisocial weekends in stale-smelling, coffee stained pyjamas! Month of self-abnegation and self-praise! MONTH OF GENIUS!—is almost over. Here are some songs to get your blood/ink flowing, and your manuscript across the finish line. With love, Electric Literature + friends Marie-Helene Bertino, author of Safe as Houses: Neil Young, “Old [...]
Money, violence, sex, family―what else is there? Fashion, maybe. But fashion’s sex. I read an uncorrected proof of A.M. Homes’s May We Be Forgiven this summer while vacationing with my family in the South of France. Avignon is a peculiar place to digest a suburban gothic tale set in Westchester, but as a simulacra of [...]
Recently, there has been much talk about my blurbing. This Shteyngart fellow will blurb anyone! He is a promiscuous praiser! He! Blurbs! Too! Much! Well, if you think I run about the east side of Manhattan in a zebra striped zentai suit with my Bic For Jews pen cap off ready to blurb just anyone, [...]