• September 2, 2014

    Our fall issue is out now, with Christian Lorentzen on Ben Lerner’s 10:04, Christopher Caldwell on Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge, Emily Gould on perfume nerds, and more.

    Amazon angers Japanese publishers.

    Clive Thompson on the benefits of taming “the tyranny of 24/7” email.

    Tillie Olsen in the 1940s.

    Tillie Olsen in the 1940s.

    At the New Yorker, an essay about Tillie Olsen focuses on her 1934 piece The Strike (written when she was named Tillie Lerner), which aligns her struggles as an author with the battles that Great Depression workers fought. Olsen was influenced by the work of modernists like Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf, and in her journal entries from the 1960s, she discuss the enduring challenge of juggling writing with her day job and her “second shift” of domestic duties: “Compulsion so fierce at night / brutal impulse to shove Julie away from typewriter /  voices of kids calling—to be able to chop chop chop like hands from the lifeboat to leave me free … My conflict—to reconcile work with life.”

    Martin Amis’s German publisher has declined to bring out his new novel, The Zone of Interest, which is set in a Nazi concentration camp.