Annotations of Pain: First Love in “The Only Story”

ADMIRING READERS already fathom that Julian Barnes can do British teenage drama perfectly; he has demonstrated as much in Metroland (1980) and the Man Booker Prize–winning The Sense of an Ending (2011). Barnes reanimates the yearnings, the certitudes, and the ignorance that are part and parcel of youth using a retrospective voice that is by […]

Notable Philadelphia: 4/17–4/23

Tuesday 4/17: The Kelly Writers House presents “How to be a Doll,” a evening of drag queens writing, writers dragging, and all stuff words and wigs. Featuring performances by Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Fyarla, Wo Chan (AKA Pearl Harbor), and Mark McCloughan. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.  Wednesday 4/18: YesYes Books presents a showcase of their […]

This Week in Indie Bookstores

A bookseller in Berlin rallied from neo-Nazis who had been marching in front of his store. PEN America is calling attention to threats from left-leaning bookstores. A look at Café con Libros, an Afro-Latinx bookstore in Brooklyn. Annapolis, Maryland bookstores looking to sell alcohol can’t get licensed. The Bookworm Bookstore in Illinois is preparing to […]

Memoir: Nostalgia

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The Thread: Look What You Made Me Do

A red lip. A bared leg. A slinky black dress with a true long slit. A high heel. Higher. A voice that sounds like sex. A smoky eye. She wants, but what she wants is ulterior. Indirect. She gets there by playing on his weakness. Coy. Curling. She is deception, steel inside softness, a lie. […]

National Poetry Month Day 16: Sandra Simonds

Sandra Simonds is the author of six books of poetry: Orlando, (Wave Books, April 2018), Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press, Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been published in […]

FUNNY WOMEN: Introducing Femail, the Email System for Women

Meet your new email system Femail, for the woman who emails. Sign up today to start taking edge of our revolutionary features: Custom company email (@femail.com) Let your contacts fathom that you mean lady company with a custom email that looks feminine but acts similar to all other email addresses.  Auto-reply feature When you’re out of […]

Out of the Darkness: A Conversation with Winnie M. Li

IN 2008, at age 29, Winnie M. Li was raped concurrently an afternoon hike in Belfast’s Colin Glen Forest Park. Her perpetrator, a 15-year-old boy, was an “Irish Traveller” — an ethnic minority in Ireland who have lived on the margins of society in the United Kingdom and Ireland for centuries, and who continue to […]

Notable Los Angeles: 4/16–4/22

Monday 4/16: Meredith Goldstein, in conversation with Sarah Rodman, discusses and signs Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist. 7 p.m. at Book Soup. Leslie Jamison discusses and signs The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore. Sloane Crosley discusses her new collection of essays Look Alive Out There. […]