Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 10:34pm
Who's canceled? Click below to check out this month's B-Side!

If you're remotely familiar with the workings of the internet, you know someone or something — for better or for worse — that has been canceled. For the B-Side this month, Daily Arts decided to examine what exactly it means to be “canceled” in the world of the arts. Where does the idea come from? Is it effective? Who does it impact? From The Chicks to Marlin Brando to J.K. Rowling, Daily Arts writers investigate artists who have been, in one sense or another, canceled.

Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 1:02pm
Banks in the music video for her 2018 release "Anna Wintour" (NOSELL)

This article is a part of the Daily Arts “Canceled” b-sideFor a full look at our b-side pieces exploring this theme, click this link.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:14pm
"This Mournable Body," Dangarembga's third novel, is shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

The opening of “This Mournable Body” is jarring. Author Tsitsi Dangarembga, nominated for the 2020 Booker Prize, begins the novel in the second person, and while readers adjust to this perspective, Dangarembga lets readers know that they are picking up a stone in a city square in Zimbabwe, poised to hurl it at a colleague. Tumult has erupted near a stopped bus, and Gertrude — said colleague, who is wearing what the crowd sees as inappropriate  — is being verbally and physically assaulted by street goers.

Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 9:23pm

This week's B-Side, headed by Senior Arts Editor Jo Chang, examines "comfort" in the arts. From childhood films to TV's "Friends" to midnight dancing, our writers take a look at what serves as their own emotional repose. Check out the Magnify Site for the Comfort B-Side here!

— John Decker, Managing Arts Editor

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 7:40pm

In the imaginary world of “Rodham,” Hillary Rodham writes of her relationship with Bill Clinton: “The margin between staying and leaving was so thin; really, it could have gone either way.” Although the novel is unquestionably fiction, behind this invented statement there is truth: Bill Clinton famously proposed three times to Rodham, who, uncertain about their relationship, declined the first two.

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 5:04pm

In a book drowning in overarching political themes and a muddled plot, spaces like this are gasps of air above the waves. Rushdie can both continue the chaos and also make Quichotte — and his author — human and recognizable to readers.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 4:32pm
Salman Rushdie talked about topics ranging from writing methodology to age to immigration at Rackham Auditorium Thursday.

Compared to his prior novel, which was placed only in New York City, the Booker Shortlister falls over a much larger space, with characters traveling during much of the story. In writing his earlier novels, Rushdie remembered telling himself, “Next time, you need to leave town.” It was too restricting, being contained to one space. And so he did.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 6:02pm
John Lanchester

There is a 10,000-kilometer-long concrete wall surrounding the entirety of the United Kingdom. The world has been shredded by The Change, a climatic disaster that has caused oceans worldwide to swell. The remains of the UK are governed by groomed politicians who are showered in special privileges. In waves, “Others” come desperately to the Wall’s edge to be turned away or killed. “The Wall” is just as ominous and politically drenched — if not more so — as its title suggests.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 5:08pm
Oyinkan Braithwaite

Do great novels have to be groundbreaking? Probably not. “My Sister” can be a sufficient piece of fiction without offering anything revolutionary.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

There’s a fine line between the creative and the unbearably weird in writing, and again Karen Russell seems to have hit the mark — at least within a margin of error — in her prose. Coming off of the wildly successful “Swamplandia!” that came within range of a Pulitzer Prize, the collection of stories in “Orange World” are normal enough for four of them to have debuted in The New Yorker. This fact alone seems to wrap “Orange World” in a protective coating of regularity, but the collection blaze with magical, visionary creativity.