A Half-Baked Homage to Nicholson Baker
March 24, 2015
Critcism that is as much about the act of writing as the book.
His latest colleciton of essays, Poetry Notebook, is a masterful argument for the importance of poetry.
Never Count on the Supreme Court to Protect Voting Rights
March 21, 2015
History shows that a vigorous Court simply isn't enough to protect voting rights.
A Heretic Grows in Brooklyn
March 18, 2015
The latest installation of the ex-Orthodox genre may be the best book yet.
How Did Sex Become So Boring?
March 16, 2015
Once a political act, it's now all about self-discovery.
But are they vultures instead?
The Hannah Arendt Guide to Friendship
March 09, 2015
Arendt’s life illustrates a road not taken, one in which ferocious loyalty to old friends has been replaced by counts of mostly anonymous Facebook friends.
It Doesn't Matter If Your Kid Doesn't Get Into Harvard
March 06, 2015
Using the mind as a means to acquire a corner office is very different from enjoying intellectual activity for its own sake.
Men in Space
March 05, 2015
The novelist of disenchantment finds meaning.
A guide for recent Stanford grads or aliens who have never been to earth: instructions on boiling eggs and cutting onions, illustrated lists of what one needs to furnish a living room.