Posts by: Thomas Larson
To appreciate Zona, Geoff Dyer’s twelfth book, you’ll need to watch the Andrei Tarkovsky film, Stalker, among the most treasured and troubling movies in the history of cinema. If you’ve never seen it, you’ll need to take your time with the film—it is relentlessly bewitching—before reading Dyer’s discursive exploration of its maze of meanings and its thirty years’ spell upon him....more
Ann Beattie’s collagist new novel, Mrs. Nixon: A Novelist Imagines a Life, questions the inherent value of fiction....more
In her new book, The Art of Cruelty, Maggie Nelson draws upon a wide range of work (from Diane Arbus to Brian Evenson to name just two) as she grapples with what cruelty means and how its representation impacts us.