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Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman Discusses Being A Bestseller And Asking Jonathan Franzen For Weed

The Guardian | Elif Batuman | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

So it's difficult to articulate what possessed me, at a later, boozier point in the dinner, to ask Franzen whether he had any weed. "Wheat?" Franze...

The Possessed: Academics Going to the Trades

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Alexandra Juhasz

In The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, Elif Batuman succeeds at the almost impossible: the Professor-written, trade-press, paper-back of the otherwise undecipherable dissertation.