A brilliant writer, a misogynist, a small-town boy with a haughty, big-city gaze: Naipaul’s life was marked by a sense of doubleness.
On meaningful coincidences and why unscientific beliefs can actually be entirely rational
On the artist Gabriele Münter and freeing her from the shadow of Wassily Kandinsky.
A profile and criticism of Wayne Koestenbaum’s poetry of the subconscious.
For my new monthly column for The Paris Review, I will travel across Europe—from Copenhagen to Dublin to Berlin to London—searching out essential artworks and exhibitions that speak to a wider cultural context, such as our desire for wanderlust or the complexities of artistic romances. In this first segment, I explore the complicated burden placed upon the lovers, close friends, and heirs of famous artists after they die.
A conversation with the breakout French author on shame, memory, Schoenberg, structural circularity, and all the rest.
Contrasting approaches by two famous French cartoonists—Georges Wolinski and Plantu—show differing ways of poking fun at the powerful.