Lauren Du Graf is a writer and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She can be reached at

The Journalist and the Painter

Will Janet Malcolm prove to be the most fascinating artist to have been profiled by the great Janet Malcolm? By Lauren Du Graf.

Road Trip

The myth is that the strangeness of On the Road comes from an off-the-cuff American style of “automatic writing.” But was it in fact written slowly and methodically? Lauren Du Graf talks to Kerouac biographer Joyce Johnson.