Articles by: Mark Athitakis

FICTION

Let Me Be Frank with You

Let Me Be Frank with You

By RICHARD FORD

The garrulous hero of The Sportswriter and Independence Day returns. What’s left to say?

Posted by × November 5, 2014 ×

INTERVIEWS

Vaccines and Vampires: Eula Biss on Science, Fear, and Metaphor

Vaccines and Vampires: Eula Biss on Science, Fear, and Metaphor

The author of On Immunity explores the fear that drives “anti-vax” advocates, its causes, and its cost.

Posted by × October 1, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Arctic Summer

Arctic Summer

By DAMON GALGUT

Imagining the trip to Bharat — and sexual awakening — that inspired E. M. Forster to write A Passage to India.

Posted by × September 12, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Enchanting Devices: Stuart Dybek’s Short Fiction

Enchanting Devices: Stuart Dybek’s Short Fiction

“We were working late on the time machine in the little makeshift lab upstairs.” That’s the opening of the title story of Stuart Dybek’s new collection, Paper Lantern, and don’t you want to keep going? Since launching his career with […]

Posted by × July 7, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Next Life Might Be Kinder

Next Life Might Be Kinder

By HOWARD NORMAN

A husband’s grief over his wife’s death leads to an unsettling set of possibilities.

Posted by × March 15, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Silence Once Begun

Silence Once Begun

By JESSE BALL

The story of a set of mysterious disappearances in Japan takes readers down a rabbit hole of deceit.

Posted by × January 28, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Dissident Gardens

Dissident Gardens

By JONATHAN LETHEM

The author of Motherless Brooklyn turns his gaze on radicals and red-diaper babies coming of age in Queens.

Posted by × September 27, 2013 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

This Town

This Town

By MARK LEIBOVICH

A political reporter’s brief on the city Americans love to hate.

Posted by × July 18, 2013 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Southern Cross the Dog

Southern Cross the Dog

By BILL CHENG

Terror and redemption alternate in this darkly lyrical adventure set in the Depression-era South.

Posted by × June 10, 2013 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

How Literature Saved My Life

How Literature Saved My Life

By DAVID SHIELDS

A candid critic’s tribute to artifice-free art.

Posted by × February 18, 2013 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Artful

Artful

By ALI SMITH

Phantom authors haunt the pages of Ali Smith’s unclassifiable new work.

Posted by × January 28, 2013 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Building Stories

Building Stories

By CHRIS WARE

An ambitious graphic novel documents the life of a nameless Chicago woman.

Posted by × October 5, 2012 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Winter Journal

Winter Journal

By PAUL AUSTER

A writer’s attempt to capture the life that only the body knows.

Posted by × August 23, 2012 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Watergate

Watergate

By THOMAS MALLON

The infamous cover-up  — and the gossip surrounding it — is at the heart of a novel about men and women vying for power.

Posted by × February 21, 2012 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Mrs. Nixon

Mrs. Nixon

By ANN BEATTIE

Can the novelist’s art unwrap an enigmatic First Lady?

Posted by × November 15, 2011 ×