Adam Kirsch

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.

Germans Make a Sympathetic TV Series about WWII. What Could Go Wrong?
The well-intentioned, deeply troubling hear of "Generation War"
February 03, 2014

To turn history into TV, producers everywhere make the past tidy and simple and sympathetic. But when it's Germans presenting WWII, middlebrow conventions are no excuse.

No, Mein Kampf Is Not an Amazon Bestseller
January 24, 2014

Is anyone really buying Mein Kampf?

Since When Is Philip Roth an Idol?
He went from bete noire to laureate. Why'd we lose track of his flaws?
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.

Reza Aslan’s ‘Zealot’ Paints a Vivid, Accessible Portrait of Jesus
July 30, 2013

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.

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