Posts Tagged: breakups

The Summer of Lana Del Rey

By

Three summers ago, I did nothing but drive around Middlebury, Vermont, blasting Lana Del Rey and chain-smoking cigarettes. It was—and I will be dramatic, because that is how it felt—an act of survival. That summer I was in an academic program where we were only allowed to speak or be spoken to in French.

...more

Language Is All Convention: Talking with Elif Batuman

By

Elif Batuman discusses her new novel The Idiot, what it means to be a writer, and the artifice of language. ...more

Books For The Dark Night Of The Soul

By

In his late thirties, F. Scott Fitzgerald experienced a series of emotional and mental breakdowns, many of which he wrote about in a series of random essays and observations collected under the title, The Crack-Up.

At the beginning of the self-titled essay, he writes:

“Of course, all of life is a process of breaking down, but the blows that do the dramatic side of the work — the big sudden blows that come, or seem to come, from outside — the ones you remember and blame things on and, in moments of weakness, tell your friends about, don’t show their effect all at once.

...more