A new book praises the gritty, chaotic history lurking beneath Paris’s romantic image—but risks mythologizing the city’s urban poor.
Lauren Elkin is writing a book about women walking in cities, called Flâneuse, which will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2015. She lives in Paris.
Strolling the streets of Naples, a fan of Ferrante’s magisterial quartet of novels about the lifelong friendship of two women discovers how the city itself is a major character.
Maps of places you’ve never been, maps of paper routes, maps of desktops: artists and writers conjure directions for heretofore uncharted Xanadus.
Everyone else’s dreams are boring, but for a writer like Georges Perec his dreams can be a way to understand his other writing. Lauren Elkin journeys into Neverland with the Oulipian writer.
There have been numerous novels inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but Jo Baker’s depiction of what happens below stairs with the servants is the most intriguing yet. Lauren Elkin on a smart fan fiction.
What makes an old, forgotten book worth saving and reissuing? What literature stands the test of time to emerge from obscurity? Lauren Elkin reads two recently rediscovered books. Part One: Muriel Rukeyser’s novel about the Spanish Civil War, Savage Coast.
A woman gets drawn into an online forum and is asked to impersonate someone else. Lauren Elkin salutes Lottie Moggach’s novel.
From a history of walking to post-disaster stories, Rebecca Solnit has had one of the most varied literary careers. She talks punk, textual pleasure, Iceland, and her new book, The Faraway Nearby, with Lauren Elkin.
Underrated and underread British novelist Olivia Manning didn’t know she would be devoting her life to dramatizing WWII. By Lauren Elkin.