Writing Reptiles: Qiu Miaojin’s Notes of a Crocodile

The crocodile of Taiwanese writer Qiu Miaojin’s recently translated first novel Notes of a Crocodile is and is not a …

The Alt-Right’s Body Image Problem

Who exactly is the ideal citizen, and what is the preferred shape of the head-of-state? For centuries in the West, …

Literary Cookbooks: The Power of Culinary Melancholia

There came a point this winter at which I realized that I was reading more cookbooks than novels, more cookbooks …