Books

The Ghost of Cornel West
What happened to America's most exciting black scholar?
April 19, 2015

President Obama betrayed him. He’s stopped publishing new work. He’s alienated his closest friends and allies. What happened to America’s most exciting black scholar? 

Object Lesson
Why we need physical books
April 19, 2015

Why we need physical books.

Science Fiction's White Boys' Club Strikes Back
April 17, 2015

The conservative backlash isn't entirely about attempts to diversify science fiction; it's also motivated by a nostalgia for an imaginary past.

Millennials, Meet Renata Adler
Her latest nonfiction collection, 'After The Tall Timber,' is a guidepost for the post-9/11 generation
April 14, 2015

"She said exactly what she meant and held others to her standards."

Don't Forget What Richard Pryor Taught Us: Offensive Comedy Can Be Liberating
April 13, 2015

Keep this in mind the next time someone tries to police the borders of comedy.

VIDA Wants Writers to Create "Important" Female Characters. Bad Advice.
April 08, 2015

Stick to improving the number of female bylines and reviewed authors.

Wanted: Personal Assistant. Ivy League Degree Required.
April 07, 2015

A distinction needs to be made between the jobs that exploit and the ones that just disappoint.

Should Young Writers "Wait Their Turn"? This Famous Old Writer Thinks So.
March 30, 2015

Cynthia Ozick's argument makes no sense in today's literary economy.

A Half-Baked Homage to Nicholson Baker
First the 'autobiographical novel,' now 'autobiographical criticism.'
March 24, 2015

Critcism that is as much about the act of writing as the book.

Writing About His Impending Death Has Given Clive James's Poetry New Life
March 22, 2015

His latest colleciton of essays, Poetry Notebook, is a masterful argument for the importance of poetry. 

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