Reading at the Edge of the World

July 7th, 2011
For five years in my otherwise landlocked twenties, I spent a week each summer with my best friend’s family at their rented beach house in Hatteras, North Carolina. It was ...

Revisiting Vonnegut’s Cradle

A writer rereads the novel that began his interest in literature.
June 16th, 2011
The reputation of Cat’s Cradle among the literary cognoscenti is summed up succinctly in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s obituary in the New York Times: “Though it initially sold ...

How (Not) to Talk to Joan Didion

A young journalist on meeting his literary idol
June 2nd, 2011
The day J.D. Salinger died, a weekly newspaper in Manhattan assigned me, along with a colleague, to write his obituary. By 9 a.m. that morning, the voicemail inbox of Joyce ...