Jaya Aninda Chatterjee works for Yale University Press, and has written for the Colorado Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Ploughshares, and the Times Literary Supplement. Her blog is at bookofjreviews.wordpress.com.
Jonathan Franzen and the Problem of Sympathy in 'Farther Away' | 24 May 2012 // 6:00 PM
Farther Away celebrates the moments when we retreat from technology and the personas we cultivate through social media, when artifice is stripped, and we are left with arguments, empathy, imperfection and humility—the raw materiality of being.
Golden Age Thinking in Eric Hazan's Threnody for Old Paris: 'The Invention of Paris' | 9 Feb 2012 // 4:00 PM
This bespeaks a warm affection for the peripatetic poets, novelists, and philosophers who witnessed Paris’s transformation from medieval to modern metropolis under the aegis of Louis XIV, Baron Haussmann, and engineers who developed gas lighting in the mid-1800s.