March 03, 2015
Why writers want fans who last forever.
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.
What happens when a selfie-addicted celebrity takes on the darkest of American masters?
What happens when a very smart scholar tries to find meaning in a very dumb book
Why Do We View Primo Levi's Work Through the Prism of His Death?
December 02, 2013
The Holocaust and the limits of human understanding.
Orwell: Sage of the Century
August 11, 2013
Ten years ago, in an essay called “Dragon Slayer,” Christopher Hitchens wrote this about his beau ideal of morality and intellectualism, George Orwell: “He owns the twentieth century, as a writer about fascism and communism and imperialism, in a way
Kafka's Inner Life
April 08, 2013
A new biography underlines the blood and bone reality of the writer’s life.