Ben Greenman's new novel, The Slippage, is out in May. Some people like it lots. Some people like it less.

SIGN O’ THE TIMES

Prince’s Racial Revolution

In a forthcoming biography, Ben Greenman examines Prince’s songs for evidence of what the late artist believed about race. The answer, he discovered, changed from song to song.

Constructive Criticism

Reviewing the Reviewers

Ben Greenman critiques the practice of criticism—and admits to having written reviews about books he didn’t care about.

Hey, That's My Line

From jokes about Brett Favre to South Park stealing lines, we're in a crisis of originality thanks to easy searching on the Internet, writes Ben Greenman. Whatever happened to getting credit for an idea?

Chekhov Meets Paris Hilton

In his new story collection Ben Greenman inserted modern day celebrities into the short stories of the Russian master. He explains just what he was up to and why Kim Kardashian belongs in 19th-century Russia.

My Loves and Letters

What have we lost with email and Twitter? Writer Ben Greenman laments the loss of letter writing—and the considered thoughts and emotions that were part of the process.