'Women's Identity Is Composed of Myths': Author Samantha Hunt on Mermaids and the Reissue of The Seas 

Nearly a decade before Samantha Hunt published her haunting novel Mr. Splitfoot and years before The Invention of Everything Else was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, she published The Seas, a poetical and ghostly novel about a girl stuck in a seaside town struggling with the nature of identity and language.…

Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado's Queer, Feminist Book of Horror Stories, Will Become a TV Series

What’s better than a short story collection about the horrors of womanhood? Arguably, an anthology TV series about the horrors of womanhood. As Vulture reported on Thursday, Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties–a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award–is currently in development as a Black Mirror-style…

If Seymour Hersh Didn't Report on Nixon's Alleged Spousal Abuse, What Else Don't We Know?

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour “Sy” Hersh has a new memoir out, Reporter, that details his role in some of the biggest stories in recent American history, including the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam and abuses at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. In Reporter, however, Hersh also acknowledges a major story…

The New Picnic at Hanging Rock Is Weirder, Wilder, and Way Hornier

It is extremely gutsy to take on an adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s novel Picnic at Hanging Rock when there is already Peter Weir’s perfect 1975 film. But not long into Amazon’s 2018 revamp of the Gothic classic does it become clear that the show’s intention isn’t to simply bring this story of four schoolgirls who…

An 'Accidental Jane Austen Superfan' on Stepping Into Mr. Darcy's Tights and the Wonder of Austenworld

“Some are born Janeites, some achieve Janeism, and some have Janeism thrust upon them,” Ted Scheinman writes in his charming new book, Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan. For Scheinman, his temporary entry into Austen fandom was a bit of all three, done “half willingly and half accidentally.”

Philosopher Kate Manne on 'Himpathy,' Donald Trump, and Rethinking the Logic of Misogyny

There are few things more perennially relevant than a book about misogyny, but Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny is particularly resonant in the era of #MeToo, Donald Trump, and the often contentious narratives that flow from both. A philosophy professor at Cornell University, Manne uses the tools of her…