Adam Kirsch

Ira Glass Is a Philistine for Saying Shakespeare Sucks, But He's in Good Company
Why writers have spent centuries attacking the Bard
July 30, 2014

There's a long list of famous writers (Tolstoy!) who insulted Shakespeare's work.

Joshua Mehigan’s 'Accepting the Disaster' is The Real Thing
July 03, 2014

It is the rare new book of poetry that is entirely alive, entirely aloft.

A British TV Celebrity Called for a "Poetry Inquisition." He's Right.
How to make poetry relevant again
June 10, 2014

How to make poetry relevant again.

The Winner in the Kinsley-Greenwald Spat: The New York Times Book Review
Opinion journalism—which is what a book review is—can not be subject to some kind of impartial standard of correctness.
May 29, 2014

Opinion journalism—which is what a book review is—can not be subject to some kind of impartial standard of correctness.

Yet Another Writer Has Admitted Faking Her Holocaust Memoir
The long, strange history of made-up Shoah stories
May 17, 2014

There's a long, strange history of made up shoah diaries. Why do we repeatedly fall for them?

Dear Facebook, I'm Fed Up
How social media has changed indignation
May 04, 2014

On Facebook, the letters of complaint are all addressed to no one. 

Technology Is Taking Over English Departments
The false promise of the digital humanities
May 02, 2014

Humanists should critique the digital humanities, not embrace it, unless they want to sell their birthright for a mess of apps. 

Russians Will Always Be America's Favorite Villains. And Now They're Back.
March 05, 2014

The return of the obsolete, in American culture, can only register as corniness or nostalgia. So what are we to make of our cold war enemy's actions today?

The Real Reason Writers Love the Amtrak Residency
It's not just the free train ticket
February 26, 2014

It's not just the free train ticket.

Like It or Not, Movie Lovers Are Going to Forgive Woody Allen
February 06, 2014

Human beings are fundamentally selfish when it comes to consuming art.

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