Biography

The Four Funniest Bits from the New Roger Ailes Bio
January 12, 2014

The Fox News honcho once ordered 3 entire pages of food from a room service menu.

Roger Ailes Is Not That Powerful
We know more than ever about how vile Roger Ailes is. But he still can't elect a president.
January 12, 2014

We know more details than ever about how vile the Fox boss is. Yet we keep overstating his power. 

Camus Would've Turned 100 This Week. He Would've Hated It.
November 08, 2013

Albert Camus would have celebrated his 100th birthday this week.

Nabokov's Politics
New works alter his image as a disinterested aesthete
March 21, 2013

A newly translated play and a new biography alter his image as a disinterested aesthete.

Self-Reliance
How Margaret Fuller Changed American Feminism
March 12, 2013

Margaret Fuller’s early death meant she never got to see the promised land.

Excess Baggage—The Voluminous Diaries of Christopher Isherwood
January 11, 2013

Isherwood's overflowing diaries are in need of a thorough edit.

Household Words—The Complicated Domestic Life of Charles Dickens
December 07, 2012

The case of Charles Dickens is an extreme example of our desire to know all the darkest details about the lives of our great heroes

The Storyteller—Thomas Jefferson’s Political Calculations
December 04, 2012

Jon Meacham has chosen storytelling over analysis, offering up a genial but meandering narrative.

Ironing Out the Wrinkles—The Complexities of Madeleine L’Engle
November 27, 2012

Leonard S. Marcus’s Listening for Madeleine responds directly to Cynthia Zarin’s image-distorting New Yorker profile.

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