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Pamela Erens

Pamela Erens’s new novel, Eleven Hours, from which “Nineteen Minutes” is excerpted, will be published by Tin House Books in May. She is also the author of The Virgins (Tin House, 2013), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award, and The Understory (Ironweed, 2007), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.


Illustration by Pat Perry

Nineteen Minutes

Spring 2016 | Fiction

This time, as the contraction mounts, Lore does not cry out, but her face is tense and grim. In fighting back her cries of fear she is fighting her body, too, and the nurse, Franckline, can feel the inner muscles clenching against the descending head, rendering the long moment of suffering unproductive. 

André Løyning

Knausgaard’s Triumph

Fall 2015 | Criticism

All of this is surprisingly interesting, even addictive, as has often been pointed out in reviews. But no one can pinpoint precisely why. A striking element in the praise of Knausgaard—and he has garnered almost uniform praise in the English-speaking press—is the recourse to vocabulary not normally considered complimentary. “Boring” comes up an enormous amount.

Carlo Giambarresi


Spring 2015 | Memoir

Yet even when my disorder was at its worst, there were pleasures I can still recall. I considered it “okay” to eat when I was genuinely hungry. I don’t know if this was permission I’d received from Fat Is a Feminist Issue, a book I turned to which argued that compulsive eaters needed to reteach themselves to recognize their bodies’ hunger and saturation signals, or if I made allowances for this sanity all by myself.