William Giraldi

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
That’s what you love about him: his creepiness, his otherness, his charismatic diabolism
October 16, 2014

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

James Franco's Utterly Misguided Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy
What happens when a selfie-addicted celebrity takes on the darkest of American masters
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'
When a very smart scholar takes on a very dumb book
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
The long journey of Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld
May 13, 2014

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

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
A portrait of the author before his name became an adjective
April 08, 2013

A new biography underlines the blood and bone reality of the writer’s life.