New! This! Week! Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm, Red Moon by Benjamin Percy, Pacific by Tom Drury, Love Is Power, or Something Like That by A. Igoni Barrett (read his piece at The Millions), and Dossier K, a memoir from Novel winner Imre Kertész. Bonus Links: You can now [...]Show More Summary
A fair amount of writing about artists is premised on the idea that they are better or worse or more generous or brutish or attuned to the subtle vibrations of the universe than the rest of us. Malcolm doesn’t seem to think so, and it’s...Show More Summary
The collection of profiles and critical pieces exposes the journalist's subjects and herself. Janet Malcolm may end up best known for a single paragraph: the one that starts her 1990 book "The Journalist and the Murderer."
The most exciting-to-read works of journalism often betray little evidence of how tedious they were to report. Baroque murder trials come with thousands of pages of court transcripts. Corporate fraud is found in boxes full of financial documents. Show More Summary
Today in Slate, Alice Gregory writes about what she learned from reading everything Janet Malcolm has ever published. Below, she ranks Malcolm’s books from best to worst.
From Janet Malcolm's "The Journalist and the Murder": Where the novelist has to start from scratch and endure the terrible labor of constructing a world, the nonfiction writer gets his world ready-made. Although it is a world by no means...Show More Summary
On the 50th anniversary of the day Sylvia Plath left milk on a tray for her two sleeping children and put her head into an oven, the cultural fascination with her shows no signs of abating. Though one might think that Janet Malcolm’s...Show More Summary
Proust considered that describing what one sees in nature is the ultimate sign of a great artist. His asthma attacks did not allow him the joy of the outdoors. Janet Malcolm's Burdock, and its scrutiny of the 28 photographs of uncelebrated leaves, would have been a huge comfort to him.
Janet Malcolm is bringing her (considerable) A-game to the New York Review of Books with the sort of thing Janet Malcolm is better at writing about than almost anyone else: Michelle’s story, in fact, was never newsworthy. She was always...Show More Summary
With his harrowing, one-of-a-kind 1988 documentary The Thin Blue Line, the filmmaker Errol Morris exonerated a man convicted of murder. Morris, who’d formerly worked as a detective, didn’t believe that Randall Dale Adams had committed the crime for which he was in prison for life. Show More Summary
Janet Malcolm and Jonah Lehrer are not the only New Yorker writers who have been accused of fabricating quotations. A more recent case involves a piece by Jared Diamond, "Annals of Anthropology: Vengeance is Ours", 4/21/2008 (abstract on the New Yorker's web site here). Diamond's article led to a long series of negative responses at [...]
Thanks to filmmakers like Woody Allen and writers like Janet Malcolm, the Manhattan psychoanalyst has become an archetype — urbane, inquisitive, eclectic, sometimes pseudo-intellectual. So, who wouldn’t want to take a peek inside the...Show More Summary
Huh, Janet Malcolm has become a collage artist. --- See more posts by Choire Sicha 0 comments
Assembling a haunting array of case notes from the 1940s, collage artist Janet Malcolm creates a yellowed, bygone aesthetic.
We've heard some gossip that the leading candidate to replace Janet Malcolm as New York Times CEO is Times President and General Manager Scott Heekin-Canedy, who was a major proponent of the Times paywall that went up this year. Rumor...Show More Summary
In a non-fiction special, The Paris Review talks to the New Yorker’s Janet Malcolm about malice, anger and the importance of noticing small things. ‘Malcolm: Although psychoanalysis has influenced me personally, it has had curiously little influence on my writing. Show More Summary
You should know that it's subscription-only at the New Yorker, but Janet Malcolm on the photographer Thomas Struth is really right-on: it winds eventually and carefully to the heart of his strangely warm photographs that should be cold. A wee excerpt, in the classic Malcolm style! --- See more posts by Choire Sicha 0 comments
This interview with Janet Malcolm, conducted mostly over email, is pretty incredible and you should read the whole thing. But this section is probably my favorite: INTERVIEWER It seems to me that for a journalist you use yourself, or the persona of “Janet Malcolm” anyway, more than most journalists. You use and analyze your own [...]
Well, you should read it. You should always read the interviews in The Paris Review, they're fantastic. But especially this one, conducted by Katie Roiphe. Later, she will write to me, "Before I try to answer your question, I want to...Show More Summary
by Zoë Pollock This part of Katie Roiphe's interview with Janet Malcolm intrigues me the most. Malcolm explains her early writing style, borne from the "brutal frankness" of a harsh fiction professor: I came to feminism late. Women who came...