Thomas Beller's Books, etc.

Recent work and news:

Publisher's Weekly review of
J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist

"Writing at Home"
The Times Picayune

"The All-Star Game Diaries"
The New Yorker

Book Review: A Port In The Storm
The New York Times Book Review

"Nirvana For two Year Olds"
The New Yorker

Comments in:
"ESPN 30 for 30 doc: This Is What They Want"

"Generation Crossfit "
The New Yorker

"The Perils of Precocity"
The New Yorker

"The Lady Upstairs"

Vogue. September, P. 472
Excerpt from my forthcoming biography of
J.D. Salinger

"Repeat, Memory"
The New Yorker

"Excerpt from 'A Symposium on Psychoanalysis' by Thomas Beller,
from The Threepenny Review"
International Psychoanalysis

"The Ongoing Story: Twitter and Writing"
The New Yorker

Discussing The Onging Story on:
The New Yorker's Out Loud podcast

"The Mother of All Frequencies or: A Tweet Not Tweeted"
The New Yorker

"'Both Flesh and Not' by David Foster Wallace: Review"
San Francisco Chronicle

"Remembrance of Snows Past"
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

"River of Berman"

"Saying Goodbye To Now"
The New Yorker

Discussing Saying Goodbye To Now on:
The New Yorker's Out Loud podcast

"My Thanksgiving Panic"

"Alum's prose inspired by time at Vassar"
The Miscellany News

"Parking: The Agonies and the Ecstasies"
The New Yorker

Discussing Parking: The Agonies and the Ecstasies on the
The New Yorker's Out Loud Podcast

"The Two Thousand Dollar Popsicle"
The New Yorker

New Orleans' problem with lead paint and kids.

Central Park

The NY Times Review of Central Park

"The Mollification of Manhattan"
The New Yorker

The zoning hearing, the above essay, and the larger debate covered in The New York Times.

"Thomas Beller Needs to Take Better Care of His Things"
The Atlantic Wire

"How I Lost My iPhone in New Orleans, or Some New Adventures of Huck Finn"
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

"In Between Days"
The New York Times, T Magazine

"The Purple Krama"

"An Exile from the Kingdom of Me"
The New Yorker

"Negative Space"
The New York Review of Books

"Saigon on the Bayou"
Travel & Leisure Magazine

"The Topographical Soul"
The Paris Review

Reading Nicolo Tucci's "The Evolution of Knowledge,"
The New Yorker's Fiction Podcast

"Us and Them"

"The Laundry Room"
The Paris Review

"A Different Kind of Imperfection" from Seduction Theory,
The New Yorker's Fiction Podcast

A Celebration of Stanley A. Bosworth Saint Ann's School Founding Headmaster, 1965-2004 Church of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Brooklyn, New York October 15, 2011

"'Higher Gossip,' by John Updike: review"
The San Francisco Chronicle

"Parking The Car"
The Threepenny Review, Winter 2012

"The Maserati Kid"
The Paris Review

"On Steve Jobs"

"Stalking The Stalkers"
The New York Times Magazine

They're at It Again: Stories from Twenty Years of Open City

"'On Abundance,'"
Man with a Pan"

"The closing of H&H Bagels on 80th Street and Broadway sparked a surge of interest into that institution, some of which found its way to 'Portrait of The Bagel As A Young Man," collected in 'How To Be a Man."
The Wall Street Journal's two cents.

"Open City's Closing: 20 years, 30 Issues and 'Life Pressed Into' The Pages"
The Wall Street Journal

"Exploring the New New Orleans"
in Travel & Leisure Magazine

"Home Is Where Your Stuff Is"
in The New York Times

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J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist. Forthcoming in June, 2014 from New Harvest/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

How To Be a Man:
Scenes From a Protracted Boyhood
, Barnes and Noble, W.W. Norton.

"Smart, funny, interesting..."
--Jonathan Yardley in The Washington Post

"Beller can write his butt off."
--Donnell Alexander in The San Francisco Chronicle

"A supremely enjoyable collection of essays written in clear, often very funny prose."
--Adrienne Day, in Time Out New York

"Not since I first read Joseph Mitchell have I felt so vividly and beautifully transported to the streets of New York. Thomas Beller is a chronicler of his own life but also of the life of the city, and there's a quality of unbridled curiosity to his work which make his essays shimmer with comedy and insight and exuberance. I absolutely loved this book."
--Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

"The best sections of his book . . . call to mind Raymond Carver in their clarity of language and subdued emotion. A fine collection of essays that will resonate with many."
--Publishers Weekly

"Elegant descriptions and sophisticated insights that evince the hipness you expect from a lifelong New Yorker and a sweetness and intimacy you might not."
--Carole Goldberg in The Hartford Courant

"An enjoyably mature read."
--Gilbert Cruz, Entertainment Weekly

" Beller's smooth prose and insightful analyses will appeal to fans of good writing everywhere."
--Audrey Snowden, Library Journal

"Doesn't show how to be a man so much as a mensch."
--Jacob Heilbrunn, New York Times Book Review

"These quite marvelous and darkly hilarious personal essays derive their power from a shameless honesty, often about the most shameful moments, which suddenly reveal a luminous upside in the author's comic retelling. Together they give us a privileged view of how curiously attenuated and winding, for many a young American male, is the long march to maturity."
--Phillip Lopate, author of Getting Personal, and Waterfront

"Each meticulous sentence is a crooked finger that lures the reader deeper into his darkly funny world."
--Lauren Gilchrist,
Columbia Spectator


Editors' Choice: New York Times Book Review,



Table of Contents


Manhattan Ate My Car (read)

The Costume Party

Mother Goes to Hollywood (read)

Chemistry Set

The Drummer

The Birthday Suit

Portrait Of The Bagel As AYoung Man

The Problem with T-Shirts

A Biker in the City

Turtles In New York

The Breakup

The Tryout

Addicted To Love

The Last Days of Shakespeare & Company

Scenes From a Playground

A Bike Messenger in the City

Strip Club

A Car Is Not A Castle

Walking The Dog

The Floating Armoire