Shaun Randol is the founder and editor of The Mantle. He is also an Associate Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the PEN American Center. You can follow him on Twitter @shaunrandol.
How did a pioneering group of students that included future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas get into College of the Holy Cross, and how did they become leaders in American sports, culture, law and business? Author Diane Brady discusses what attracted her to their story.
Because society has moved into new realms of storytelling, traditional conventions, especially the standard, Victorian formula of the novel, are passé, David Shields argues in “Reality Hunger.” The contours of fact and fiction are now blurred, so why can’t the novel—or the biography, for that matter—be just as mixed up and piecemeal?