Wittgenstein’s retreat

Wittgenstein placed his remote home where everyone could see it. He was an oddly ostentatious recluse — Several factors conspired to make that first visit to Wittgenstein’s retreat magical. One was an element of serendipity. We hadn’t gone to Norway to visit Skjolden. But then neither had Wittgenstein. In October 1913, when he arrived at […]

The Brilliance of Johnny Greene by @jimbillson

Editors saw him as youthful but dependable. Lewis Lapham, the longtime editor-in-chief of Harper’s, assigned him as a contributing editor of the magazine, a distinction he held for five years. “I trusted Johnny; I liked his sensibility,” Lapham told me. “Very early on, you hear a writer’s voice and you understand the first-person singular. . . . It was because […]

Brilliant interview with Rebecca Curtis

Eric Rosenblum had a sit-down with Rebecca Curtis, a writer whose stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, n+1, and elsewhere. This was for their “Dan & Eric Read The New Yorker So You Don’t Have To” podcast. The Rebecca Curtis episode Random notes: Curtis unapologetically rips off other stories authors. Need a plot? […]

Embrace your weird in the office

Interesting Jennifer Romolini piece in the NYTimes this week about using your freakishness to your advantage in an office setting. The impulse to want to fake it, to be more poised, polished or more like what you perceive all those #bosses on Instagram to be, is powerful — especially if you’ve spent a lifetime feeling […]

Long live the croissant

The story you know about about the croissant is a lie. But the croissant’s contentiousness isn’t limited to its origin story. For almost as long as this pastry has existed, people have been arguing about how to make it, what shape it should be, and whether its crunchy quiddity has been dented by the variety […]