How Marcel Proust’s finances affected his writing.
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.