Sam Freilich

Sam Freilich lives in L.A.

Remembering the Funhouse

You probably know by now what a review of Tenth of December looks like: sugary veneration—nearly fealty—of a quote unquote master’s command of a genre. Part of what’s become unavoidable when talking about George Saunders’s new collection of…


Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel’s debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us, feels worn and lived in, like an old church or synagogue, something you could step inside of. The title solicits our participation from the get-go, a kind…


Spanish Stroll

A week ago, Ben Lerner won the Believer Book Award for his debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, beating out fellow Trop-approved author Jesse Ball. Ostensibly, Leaving the Atocha Station is a curious choice. It spurns…