Ruth Franklin talks to us about her biography on the American author Shirley Jackson (Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life), for which she won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle award for best biography.
Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan talks to us about his new documentary The Settlers, which explores Israel's ongoing settlement projects in Palestine and the resulting tensions the expansionist policies create. The Settlers has just been released in the United States.
Arthur Lubow has been writing for national magazines for forty years. He has been a contributing editor or staff writer for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and, most recently, The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of a biography of Richard Harding Davis, and most recently published a biography of the photographer Diane Arbus entitled Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer.
Vivian Gornick is a born and bred New Yorker, and her relationship to the city features prominently in her memoirs, most notably in the The Odd Woman and the City. We spoke to her about her love of the city, the female flâneur, odd women, and the state of modern memoir.
Last year, Margo Jefferson published the highly acclaimed memoir Negroland. We spoke with her about why she decided to write a memoir, how her style developed, and how her work relates to the current discourse around identity politics.