Books and Arts

George Orwell's Brilliant Guide to Writing Well
September 16, 2014 2:02 PM

Step One: Eliminate every cliche from your vocabulary.

James Woods' Classic Takedown of Faux-Dickensian 'Hysterical Realism'
August 14, 2014

The legendary castigation of big, bouncy novels that lack humanity.

From the Stacks: “My Life With R.H. Macy”
December 22, 1941
August 08, 2013

Shirley Jackson died 48 years ago today. In her honor, her sharp-witted reflection on working retail, as originally published in The New Republic.

Former Fugleman
May 08, 2013

Recently, there appeared two items concerning H. L. Mencken, and I wish that somebody would explain them. Taken together, they don't make sense. Item I. The Modern Library has reprinted Scott Fitzgerald's best novel, The Great Gatsby.

Why Helen Hunt Deserves a Best Actress Oscar for The Sessions
January 19, 2013

The Oscars are odd. It’s just about the only reason left for having them; that and for the sake of the people who make red carpets. Every year when the nominations come out, there are three or four days of stories about the “surprises” and the people who were “snubbed.” So Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow were overlooked, but Michael Haneke was remarked on. And Helen Hunt got a supporting actress nod for The Sessions. No, I’m not suggesting that she was undeserving—far from it.

Judge Not: How the Celebrity-Industrial Complex Is Eating Its Tail
January 18, 2013

The problem with the many, many celebrity judges on reality TV talent searches.

An "Enlightened" Mike White Wants to Change TV
January 17, 2013

The show's creator, like its main character, was born anew after a breakdown.

The Literary Insecurities of Washington, D.C.
January 15, 2013

The Post's list of D.C.'s best books "has the ungainly feel of trying too hard and protesting too much."

FX is Feminism for Men
January 14, 2013

The network's shows seem to ask, "What does it take to be a legitimate man?"

"1600 Penn" and the Tedium of the Goofball White House Comedy
January 10, 2013

"1600 Penn" is too absurd to be funny

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