No, Mein Kampf Is Not an Amazon Bestseller
January 24, 2014
Is anyone really buying Mein Kampf?
Since When Is Philip Roth an Idol?
January 08, 2014
In the 1990s, Philip Roth drifted from bête noire to laureate. Why'd we lose track of his flaws?
This Novel Could Be the Next 'Suite Francaise'
January 07, 2014
The de Waal family is back with another romp through 20th century European history.
Our Book Critic's 5 Favorite Books of the Year
December 15, 2013
One of them will really surprise you.
Giacomo Leopardi's "Zibaldone," the Least Known Masterpiece of European Literature
November 08, 2013
The Italian classic that is the least known masterpiece of European Literature
Thomas Pynchon Takes on September 11
September 11, 2013
For half a century, Thomas Pynchon has been America's preeminent novelist of paranoia, the writer who sees patterns and connections where others find only the random detritus of history.
The paradox of writing about Jesus is that we can only form an idea of him from the scriptures, yet we can only evaluate the scriptures if we have an idea of what he must have been like.
July 19, 2013
Peter Sloterdijk, one of Germany’s best-known philosophers for 30 years, has just emerged in English. He makes philosophical problems come alive as well as any thinker at work today.
During the George Zimmerman trial, I happened to be reading James Agee's Depression classic, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.
Smoking and the Intellectual
June 12, 2013
The first thing you see as the lights go down at Sontag: Reborn, the clever and affecting one-woman show now playing at New York Theatre Workshop, is a billow of cigarette smoke.