'Magic + Loss' in The New Yorker! June 14, 2016 Brianna Snyder Louis Menand on Tom Vanderbilt's new book on taste and "Magic and Loss." ...her book (thankfully) is more like an essay than like a treatise. Heffernan is smart, her writing has flair, she can refer intelligently to Barthes, Derrida, and Benjamin—also to Aquinas, Dante, and Proust—and she knows a lot about the Internet and its history. She is good company. Read it all here.