Repression, Obsession, Murder

It’s unlikely that an artwork instructor as sizzling and louche as Mr. Lavelle might ever get a job at Temple House, an all-girls’ Irish Catholic boarding college run largely by nuns. But there he’s in all his sexual-innuendo-laden glory, bringing frissons of inappropriate pleasure to the supposedly virginal college students…

The Pleasure of Falling Asleep With a Book on Your Face

Alison Barnwell is an artist and author based mostly in New Orleans. Her work has appeared in AGNI and The Believer. Follow New York Times Books on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, join our e-newsletter or our literary calendar. And take heed to us on the Book Review podcast.

Alexandra Kleeman Finds Reality All Too Surreal

It was 109 levels Fahrenheit within the Mojave Desert on a Friday night in July, down from 120. Alexandra Kleeman had seen folks splash water on concrete to look at it evaporate, and a sparrow hunt a stay cicada, killing and consuming it proper out of its shell. “It feels…

Floyd Cooper, Illustrator of Black Life for Children, Dies at 65

Floyd Cooper, a celebrated youngsters’s e book illustrator who explored the African American expertise in tales rooted in historical past, like one a couple of boy in Alabama in 1955 attempting to understand why a Black girl on his bus refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger, died…

Erik Larson Has a Scary Story He’d Like You to Hear

Over the final three many years, Erik Larson has written books about a serial killer, a killer storm, a murderous homeopathic physician, a teenage gunman and one of the vital lethal maritime disasters in historical past. “I love to be scared,” he stated of his grisly material. So far, all…

This Novel Revisits a Power Broker Who Trod Lightly and Left a Big Footprint

Andrew Haswell Green, having reached 83 years outdated, was murdered exterior his Park Avenue residence in 1903. In the times after his dying, this newspaper printed an article by which it was written: “His name had been associated with some of the most creditable enterprises ever devised for the benefit…

11 New Books Coming in August

‘Afterparties: Stories,’ by Anthony Veasna So (Ecco, August three) This debut assortment, set in the Cambodian American group in California, focuses on queer characters. The legacy of the Khmer Rouge’s genocide looms, however So, who died in 2020, creates loads of lighthearted moments, too. In one scene, a personality chides…

Witty and Soulful Stories From a Writer Who Was Just Getting Started

Anthony Veasna So’s witty and sharply expressed brief tales are set within the Central Valley — the “valley of dust and pollen and California smog,” the place the choices for Cambodian American immigrant fathers, ejected from the tales of their lives, boil down this fashion: “They fixed cars, sold donuts…

What We Learned From Mena Suvari’s Book on the ‘Dark Part’ of Her Life

When she began her appearing profession, Mena Suvari rapidly turned used to taking part in the much-younger object of a person’s needs. In 1999 and 2000, when she was in her late teenagers and early 20s, she performed a choir woman in the teen intercourse comedy “American Pie” and a…