What is left when nothing else is: “Battleborn” by Claire Vaye Watkins.

In 1872, Mark Twain published “Roughing It,” chronicling, in his words, “several years of variegated vegabondizing,” some of it involving the silver mining spree in Nevada. In his prefatory to the volume, Twain wrote that silver rush in the state was “a curious episode, in some respects; the only one, of its peculiar kind, that […]

Ask John Jeremiah Sullivan.

Over at the Paris Review, John Jeremiah Sullivan responds┬áto a reader from the south “raised in a religious cult” who is attempting to “throw off the shackles of [a] religious upbringing and become an intelligent well-formed adult.” JJS’s sage advice: “[D]on’t fall for the inferiority/superiority racket. We’re not on a ladder here. We’re on a […]