Articles by: Stefan Beck

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So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

By JON RONSON

In an age of new connectivity online and beyond, a reporter finds empathy for those who’ve faced mortifying infamy.

Posted by × April 15, 2015 ×

FICTION

The Sellout

The Sellout

By PAUL BEATTY

Why one piercing satirist “has written a book to shock all of us into reexamining what we think we know about race in America.” Review by Stefan Beck.

Posted by × March 24, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Crow Fair

Crow Fair

By THOMAS McGUANE

The antic storytelling of a modest master finds mischievous fun in the romance and family life of the American West. Review by Stefan Beck.

Posted by × March 2, 2015 ×

FICTION

Uncle Janice

Uncle Janice

By MATT BURGESS

A thrilling tale of an undercover New York cop may be the most timely American novel of recent memory.

Posted by × January 28, 2015 ×

CULTURAL HISTORY

Huck Finn’s America

Huck Finn’s America

By ANDREW LEVY

What does Mark Twain’s cherished — and contentious — work of fiction teach us about about the nation it still fascinates?

Posted by × January 7, 2015 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Moor’s Account

The Moor’s Account

By LAILA LALAMI

Meet one early explorer of America: a Moroccan slave aboard a ship of ruthless gold hunters in 1527.

Posted by × September 23, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Station Eleven

Station Eleven

By EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

In the wake of a worldwide pandemic, a search for what might endure.

Posted by × September 10, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Leavetaking

Leavetaking

By PETER WEISS

When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn’t enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.

Posted by × July 25, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

By CHRIS F. WESTBURY

About Chris F. Westbury’s debut novel, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, there is good news and bad. The bad news is that it is not quite the comic novel that its jacket copy promises. Like many novels […]

Posted by × July 9, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Lost for Words

Lost for Words

By EDWARD ST. AUBYN

A novelist shines mercilessly comic light on the insular world of literary prizes.

Posted by × June 9, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Another Great Day at Sea

Another Great Day at Sea

by GEOFF DYER

What happens when a salty Brit becomes the writer-in-residence aboard the USS George H. W. Bush?

Posted by × May 26, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip

A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip

By KEVIN BROCKMEIER

A dark comedy captures the tension and suspense of seventh grade conformity.

Posted by × May 7, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

By B. J. NOVAK

Comic fiction from the actor and writer unveils a restless mind at work.

Posted by × February 6, 2014 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Pinkerton’s Great Detective

Pinkerton’s Great Detective

By BEAU RIFFENBURGH

The undercover private eye who took on organized crime in the Wild West.

Posted by × November 26, 2013 ×

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

The Maid’s Version

The Maid’s Version

By DANIEL WOODRELL

The author of Winter’s Bone returns to Missouri, to extinguish a mysterious act of Depression-era arson.

Posted by × September 18, 2013 ×