The slight stuff

The Miami-based ‘Back to Blood’ is packed with noise, art, sex – and capital letters, writes Sarah Churchwell

Ordinary magic

A retrospective of Diane Arbus’s photographs invites us to rethink myths by letting the images speak for themselves

Bleak encounters

The Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award may provoke sniggers. But its real aim is to help banish poor prose, explains Jonathan Beckman

City-Pick New York

This gazette assembles a wealth of atmospheric literary snippets that evoke the ‘crush and heave’ of New York City