Who Was the Real Lewis Carroll?
January 28, 2015

Can you ever really know an author? Should you need to?

It's Easy to Murder a Black Man in America and Get Away With It
A journalist's ten-year investigation of inner-city violence
January 28, 2015

The problem of "black-on-black" violence.

Irving Howe Turned Tardiness Into an Intellectual Stance
January 17, 2015

For Howe it was precisely by remaining between politics and literature that one became an intellectual.

Found in Translation
Arthur Goldhammer is America's finest bridge to French culture
January 13, 2015

Arthur Goldhammer brought us Piketty—and so much more.

The Real 'American Sniper' Had No Remorse About the Iraqis He Killed
January 13, 2015

Clint Eastwood's film gives Chris Kyle too much credit.

The Best Fiction of 2014
December 31, 2014

Ian McEwan, Lydia Davis, and a little-known Canadian genius.

The Year's Best Books for Understanding Our Complicated World
December 30, 2014

A look at the best books published on global topics this past year.

How The World Fell in Love with America
America as a "vast conspiracy to make you happy"
December 22, 2014

Is America just a "vast conspiracy to make you happy"?

Why Couldn’t Patrick Leigh Fermor Finish His Masterpiece?
The perils of posthumous publication
December 22, 2014

The incompleteness of a certain kind of aesthetic object can inspire additional devotion.