"I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the arguments of my best friends." ~ Pip's Lament "Great Expectations" (Chapter 4, pg. 25)
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“The Itch,” by Don DeLillo
“Certain days it’s the left wrist. Upper arms at home in the evening. Thighs and shins most likely at night. ”
FROM THE ARCHIVE: If you liked this story, we think you will enjoy “The Grow-Light Blues,” by Ben Marcus, from a 2015 issue of the magazine.
How did a drug-abusing dropout with a weakness for the International House of Pancakes and a chronic inability to hold down a real job become one of the funniest people on the planet? It’s all here.
After her controversial memoirs of motherhood and marriage, the writer has a new design for fiction.
The latest in our series of flash fiction: “A woman passes. It’s about time, the gunman thinks. Has she been sent by the Boss? Is she his witness? His victim? His executioner?”
Tom Perrotta’s latest novel, “Mrs. Fletcher,” studies the reshaping of American erotic life by technology.
The retirement of the Times’ chief daily book critic marks the end of a literary era.
Right-wing populism is rising around the world; there are lessons to be learned from the memoir of Hitler’s close associate.