(Photograph by Josef Koudelka/Magnum)
This is my first piece for The New Yorker‘s “Page-Turner” blog, a lovably irascible survey of contemporary book covers and a rumination on the aesthetic/commercial double-binds of designing your own.
I am the least illustrious interviewee featured in my friend Jennifer Finney Boylan’s new book, Stuck In the Middle With You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders. (Other interviewees include Edward Albee and Richard Russo.) Although I have zero interest in “parenting” I was up late last night reading this book. The title is somewhat misleading; it is, like my own book, about the somewhat mixed experience of being alive, and it is, like all of Jenny’s work, smart and funny and moving. It even made me faintly envious, in a safely abstract way, of her domestic family life.
Publication date for the paperback edition of We Learn Nothing is April 9th.