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Molly McArdle is Brooklyn Magazine's books editor. She also runs the Daily GIF. Follow her on Twitter (@mollitudo) and on Tumblr (mollymcardle.com).
Who knows what is going on with the weather these days? (Well, climate scientists.) Whether you’re lounging outside or stuck indoors, it’s a season best experienced with a book. This spring readers are faced yet again with an embarrassment of riches—so many books!—of which this is just a sampler platter. A little of this, a little of that: there’s something here for everyone. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid A dreamy, fable-like romance broken open by global...
“Why did you come to the United States?” This is the question that opens and closes Valeria Luiselli’s urgent new book, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, expanded from a piece first published in 2016 in Freeman’s magazine. It’s short—the paperback runs to about 100 pages—and could not be more timely. Luiselli’s introductory question, after all, is the same as the intake form she uses to interview unaccompanied children who...
Food 4 Thot, a new podcast from writers Tommy Pico, Fran Tirado, Dennis Norris II, and Joe Osmundson, was almost (maybe) called Thot Catalogue. They ultimately demurred: it “would have probably got us into legal trouble,” they explain. It’s not really a loss: I couldn’t think of a better name for a roundtable discussion of Fire Island and Fire Island, Moby Dick and dicks. They deliver, as they advertise it, a “delectable meal of...
Standing on a shuttle bus, listening to her Walkman and watching people on the street below, eighteen-year-old Harvard freshman Selin experiences a car crash: “Things changed somehow, and I was on the floor.” This, in Elif Batuman’s debut novel and second book, The Idiot, is one of the strangest descriptions of falling I’ve ever read. Intensely disembodied—there’s no mention of how it feels to lose your balance, to be suspended midair, to hit the...

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