“He may be an insufferable, affected, narcissistic creep, but he’s also a genius.” That’s how Chip Kidd summed up the architect villain of “Death by Design,” his 2012 Batman story with Dave Taylor, in what’s surely a nod to all the insufferable, affected, narcissistic architects in literary history — even the heroes: Howard Roark, anyone? Certainly the description fits Edward Monkford, the tightly wound minimalist at the center of “The Girl Before,” a psychological thriller by JP Delaney that debuts at No. 5 on the hardcover fiction list.
- The review in the daily New York Times was headlined, ominously, “He Doesn’t Like It When You Leave Your Shampoo Out.”
- Throughout the presidential campaign, the journalist Matt Taibbi offered a reliably lucid, skeptical and independent perspective in his dispatches for Rolling Stone magazine.
- they should really blame Trump himself. Because I actually learned a lot about marketing watching Donald Trump over the last couple of years.
“He may be an insufferable, affected, narcissistic creep, but he’s also a genius.”