Salman Rushdie reflects in the New Yorker on his time with Günter Grass. Through the late 1990s, every student in Italy hoping to earn the equivalent of a bachelor's degree would be expected to compose a thesis. Umberto Eco's 1977 advice on the "magical process of self-realization" has now become available in English for the first time: See this New Yorker piece on "How to Write a Thesis."
Do you feel an affinity, for the plentiful, abundant use of commas, such as that favored by certain New York copy-editors? Elisa Gabbert on on the "joys of the 'wrong comma'" for The Smart Set. See the original New Yorker story here.
What good is a day job? One answer can be found in a late 18th century example. For The Millions. Earlier: Nell Zink on ideal work for The Paris Review Daily. Earlier still: on "working the double shift," back at The Millions.
Sherman Alexie talks about his books being banned - again. For KUOW Seattle.