Tom Engelhardt: The Secret History of G.I. JoeAugust 2013
Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and warmaking in children’s culture.
Teddy Wayne: The Celebrity MachineApril 2013
The author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine talks to Matthew McAlister about the publishing industry, narrative forms, and the nature of child stardom in the digital age.
Watercolor KitFebruary 2013
She is knee-sick and fawning on her felt-tipped prize / for exceeding her bones in the sprinting test.
Still, I started for the parlor. I’d polished my shoes, put gel in my hair: habits my mother had always wanted me to form and I had always resisted. Walking down the street, I felt conspicuous, as though people were sniggering at my gleaming head and feet.
The OracleJune 2011
I was like the oracle of fatness all of a sudden.
Secret BoyfriendJune 2011 The year we went to the Camps, my sister Leila was eighteen years old and had just begun her secret affair with Sammy.
MansionMay 2011 The floor was made of dirt, the walls dark and smooth, the ceiling just high enough for us to stand upright. You could walk a quarter mile before it ended, cut off by a stone wall. And it was in this tunnel that Darcie heard the voice of her mother, who was dead.
Big MoneySeptember 2010
We played Steal the Bacon / and explored our unmentionables /
behind the gazebo
The NorwegiansBy Elliott Holt, guest-edited by Claire Messud
February 2010 The Norwegians were coming to dinner.