What's with the persistent and tedious confusion of male authors who mistakenly regard their ownquotidian horniness as windows into existential Wisdom?
Sex lives of the modernists. The racy relationship of Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe — nude portraits, pet names for sex organs, etc. — was mimicked but never matched
How to appreciate bad books. Works that appear devoid of value — a 17th-century history of medicine, a trashy romance novel — often contain surprising deaths
"I’ve never thought about death in my entire life," says Vivian Gornick. "The people I know who talk about death are very banal and bore m e to death
"Art can’t save you," saysChristian Wiman. "It can give you glimpses of something beautiful, maybe even something redemptive, but there’s nothing there to hold onto"