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Becca Rothfeld is a critic living in Somerville, Massachusetts.
August 9, 2017
The Uncanny World of Deborah Levy
The English novelist is a connoisseur of domestic disturbances.
September 9, 2016
Affliction and Salvation
Love was a learned art for Iris Murdoch, because it involved realizing that something other than the self is real.
August 17, 2016
Unable to write effectively but unable to remain silent, W.G. Sebald, like the narrator of
, is condemned to speak unsatisfactorily.
July 21, 2016
The Partisan Reviewer
In two recent essay collections, Tim Parks explores why we bother with reading and writing books.
January 28, 2016
J.M. Coetzee’s Facts of Life
For the South African author, the selves we write and read may be truer than any other.
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November 25, 2015
Real, Realist, Realistic, and False
Linda Rosenkrantz’s 1968 quasi-novel
reminds us that wry self-awareness and anxious fragility are hardly millennial inventions.