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Books April 04, 2015

Captive Prince

If there is such a genre as the gay sex slave political fantasy thriller, then Melbourne author C. S. Pacat is surely its new queen. Her debut novel Captive Prince, the first in a projected trilogy, is as scintillating and addictive as it …

Books February 28, 2015

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

In 2012, Jon Ronson was embroiled in a scandal of the kind that seems to happen to neo-gonzo journalists like him: a group of academics conducted a confusing experiment that involved creating a fake “Jon Ronson” Twitter profile. Ronson shamed them …

Books January 24, 2015

On Immunity

When the essayist Eula Biss was pregnant with her first child, she was not prepared for the “labyrinthine network of interlocking anxieties” that surrounded the question of immunity. Mapping this labyrinth became the project of her third book, which …

Books December 06, 2014


One of the great readerly crimes of the 21st century is the unusual attention paid to Stephen King last year, when he published Doctor Sleep, his long-awaited sequel to The Shining. That book’s pleasures, while present, were oddly …