William Giraldi

Confessions of a Catholic Novelist
June 21, 2015

When water, bread, and blood aren’t just water, bread, and blood.

Object Lesson
April 19, 2015

Why we need physical books.

Günter Grass's Hemispheric Upheaval
April 13, 2015

“A writer's personal failings have nothing at all to do with the success or failure of his work.”

Immortal Beloved
March 03, 2015

Why writers want fans who last forever.

Creative Destruction
February 04, 2015

Is it still possible to survive as an artist in America?

The Surprisingly Erotic Poetry of Bertolt Brecht
November 23, 2014

Brecht is irresistible in Love Poems, like some disaffected offspring of Petrarch and Catullus reared by the Earl of Rochester.

Edgar Allan Poe Was a Vampire
October 16, 2014

Don't write him off because you think his poetry is silly.

James Franco's Utterly Misguided Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy
July 30, 2014

What happens when a selfie-addicted celebrity takes on the darkest of American masters?

Finally, an Academic Text Devoted to '50 Shades of Grey'
May 19, 2014

What happens when a very smart scholar tries to find meaning in a very dumb book

Grasping for Words, Grappling with the Past
May 13, 2014

Since Aharon Appelfeld's first novel, Badenheim 1939, was published in 1978, he has produced a paradoxical oeuvre of silence.