In the New Yorker: A piece on Beethoven’s influence; a somewhat rambling review of recent biographies on the composer
This is what the real war on women looks like
On finding community when a writer relocates
When books were bad for you
An argument for conservation burial
By Janet Malcolm: A fascinating review of the Gossip Girl book series, calling them “a transgressive fairy tale.” I came across this essay via Alice Gregory, a writer whose own non-fiction is also pretty interesting.
Recommended reading: Janet Malcolm’s book The Silent Woman, on the difficulties of writing biographies of Sylvia Plath and the controversies involved.