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
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?
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?
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.