The Wayward Essay: ‘The Fun Stuff,’ by James Wood, and More

By Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review, Dec. 28, 2012   In its quality of attention and faith in the salvific power of the right words in the right order, the essay resembles nothing so much as a secular prayer. That, at least, was the original point. The essay has proved wayward, whichContinue reading “The Wayward Essay: ‘The Fun Stuff,’ by James Wood, and More”

The Power of Books

By Parul Sehgal, The National Endowment for the Arts, Sept. 19, 2012 We are not supposed to be in the study. The books live in the study. The study is dim and fragrant and forbidden. The books are forbidden. We are not supposed to be in the study. We are always in the study. WeContinue reading “The Power of Books”

A Year in Reading: Parul Sehgal

Parul Sehgal, The Millions, December 16, 2011 There were many books I admired this year, books I read and reread and recommended. Salvage the Bones is every bit as good as they say it is. And there were groundbreaking narrative nonfiction books about India: Siddhartha Deb’s The Beautiful and the Damned, Arundhati Roy’s Walking with the Comrades, andContinue reading “A Year in Reading: Parul Sehgal”