David Mikics

In the Rhino Colony
June 07, 2012

In The Fifth Impossibility, his new collection of essays, Norman Manea demonstrates that he is an indispensable analyst of what it means to be a Roman

What is the Meaning of it, Watson?
January 16, 2012

Sherlock Holmes may be the most famous fictional character who ever existed and Doyle was the most popular writer since Dickens. But how could the man

The Unexamined Socrates
November 10, 2011

Paul Johnson’s Socrates aims to remove the mystery. Johnson writes in a robust, bluff tone. As he summarizes Socrates’s life and thought, he doesn’t m

Seduction Unending
July 25, 2011

The Thousand and One Nights, also known as The Arabian Nights, is the world’s best-travelled collection of stories, and the most popular. It might be

All Whooshed Up
March 29, 2011

All Things Shining turns out to be, rather surprisingly, a prime example of the current religious revival in America. This is a spiritual self-help bo