Self-portrait from 1951.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's suicide at age 30, but it's not the only significant date in Plath studies. In fact, 2013 as a whole could be called the year of Plath. It's also the 50th anniversary of her novel, The Bell Jar
, published in the U.K. under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, in January 1963. (It would not be published in the United States until 1971.) It's been 50 years since her death, and yet interest in Plath shows no signs of waning. In honor of her "deathiversary" today, for the Daily Beast, I wrote an essay about my encounter with Plath's hair, (You read that right!), and at Dame Magazine, my thoughts on why Plath remains such an icon.Past Plath-related articles:The American Poet's Corner Inducts Sylvia Plath
-The New Yorker's Book BenchBooks & Babies & Beef Stews: The Culinary Passion of Sylvia Plath
- Plath ProfilesSylvia Plath: Red and Blue
- This Recording
Another Side of Sylvia
- The Second Pass
Many apologies for the delay in updating this website! The fact is I've been busy with my new job as a staff writer for Yahoo! Shine, their women's interest site. You can keep up with all my pieces for Yahoo! at my writer profile page, or click on Yahoo! at the top banner for some of my favorite articles.
Here in New York, Chef's Tables are making a big comeback despite the sluggish economy. I was very lucky to cover their resurgance for my debut piece
at The Aesthete.
Word to the wise: Blanca
If you are not familiar with Garance Dore, I highly suggest you follow her blog
. She is a woman of many trades, most known for her street fashion photography and refreshingly realistic rants about the fashion world. One of my personal favorites: do I go to yoga? Ok, ok, I will go to yoga but I need a glass of wine
afterwards. I interviewed Garance
on what she's up to for Fashion week, her style inspiration, and her favorite places in New York.
I spoke with Guillaume Canet
about his new film Les Petits Mouchoirs, or "Little White Lies." Reminiscent of The Big Chill
, the film tells the story of a group of friends whose lives are sent into a tailspin after a member of their group is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Canet won the Cesar for best directing for his last film, Tell No One
, which I highly recommend. We talked about the importance of friendship, his new project, and his favorite burger in New York.
It was both a pleasure and an honor to interview
the magnificent Sheila Heti, whose new novel, How Should A Person Be?
publishes Tuesday. The book is highly recommended reading. In fact, it is one of the best books I have read in years. You should definitely read it, and then read the interview at The Awl, which is very long. In it, Sheila and I discuss her novel, along with a variety of topics from friendship to sex to Lena Dunham to Toronto, and much more. You can learn more about Sheila at her website, www.sheilaheti.net
Here's a Q&A with Michael Stuhlbarg
, who you'll remember from the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man
. He's currently starring in Men in Black III
and is working on two huge projects, Spielberg's Lincoln
I did a little Q&A
with Zosia Mamet, one of the stars of HBO's new series, Girls
, about the show, her famous family, and her favorite places in New York. As always, you can find me on a daily basis at Gotham's insight blog . . .
Check out Black Lamb
, a California-based literary review, this month - they have reprinted my review of Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child
. You can request a free copy at their website, or you can read the review at The Second Pass
, where it originally appeared.
For the New Inquiry's "Un(der)known Writers" series, I wrote about Penelope Mortimer
, author of The Pumpkin Eater
and many other fantastic books.