Nate Meyvis


The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen, Jacques P├ępin

This is a very rich book; the first 2/3 is the best. (When I was reading the last third, I couldn’t shake the feeling that his publicist had written it.) This is high-information-density (and high-entertainment-value) material about culture, especially French culture; management; the New York City of our collective imagination and as it used to […]

East of Eden

It’s the sort of book that makes one give up lowbrow and middlebrow literature for a while. It is everything an American novel should be, yet also reminds me of the Dostoevsky for unflinching psychological insight. It’s a deeply psychological book, full of descriptions of how exactly people are thinking, and with striking metaphors for […]