Bookmarks

Prolific writers are generally voracious readers, consuming new and old texts at a rapid clip to fuel their ideas and get outside their own head for perspective outside their own experiences. In Bookmarks, we ask writers and creators to share what they’re reading and how it shapes them, hoping to learn a little about their thinking in the process.

"The Nazi and the Barber" by Edgar Hilsenrath
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Paul Beatty, the Booker Prize Winning Author of “The Sellout"" recommends "The Nazi and the Barber,” a novel by Holocaust survivor Edgar Hilsenrath. More

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2:15
"The Days Of Abandonment" by Elena Ferrante
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Alissa Quart recommends Elena Ferrante's "Days of Abandonment" and Elizabeth Hardwick's "Sleepless Nights."More

"Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace
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David Foster Wallace wrote memorably about AA in his famous novel "Infinite Jest." Writer Marshall Boswell reads one of his favorite passages.More

Length: 
2:59
Blues People
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Alex Abramovich recommends "Blues People: Negro Music in White America" by Leroi Jones, who later changed his name to Amiri Baraka.More

Length: 
2:23
"Prayers for the Stolen" by Jennifer Clement
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The recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature recommends Jennifer Clement's novel about teenage girls surviving the violence of cartel-controlled Mexican border villages in "Prayers for the Stolen."More

Length: 
2:57
A night at the movies
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New York Times film critic A.O. Scott recommends the collected writings of film critic Otis Ferguson, a pioneer of the language of film criticism and advocate for all the types of labor that go into filmmaking.More

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Environmentalist Jennifer Jacquet recommends "Last Chance to See" by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine.More

Length: 
3:19
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Writer David Morris explains why "Solo Faces" by James Salter is one of his favorite books.More

Length: 
03:20
The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy
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John Waters recommends "The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy."More

Length: 
2:55
"The King Must Die"
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Vikram Chandra reviews “The King Must Die” by Mary Renault.More

Length: 
3:01

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