Adam Kirsch

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.

Against Cynicism
A philosopher's brilliant reasons for living
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. 

What Would James Agee Say About the George Zimmerman Trial?
July 15, 2013

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
'Susan Sontag: Reborn' turns intellectual evolution into drama
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.