Books

The New David Foster Wallace Movie Isn’t a Biopic. It’s Another 'Rolling Stone' Writer Flick.
May 28, 2015

The raffish delights of being a Rolling Stone writer have been portrayed on the big screen more than once.

Forgetting Lolita: How Nabokov's Victim Became an American Fantasy
May 28, 2015

At a certain echelon of pop music megastardom, they are all Lolitas now, trafficking in the iconography of lollipops and stuffed animals and schoolgirl outfits.

Did This Acclaimed Sociologist Drive the Getaway Car in a Murder Plot?
The questionable ethics of Alice Goffman's "On the Run"
May 27, 2015

The questionable ethics of Alice Goffman's "On the Run."

Teaching the Controversy
James Baldwin and Richard Wright in the Ferguson Era
May 25, 2015

James Baldwin and Richard Wright in the Ferguson Era.

The Philosopher Novelist
May 23, 2015

Milan Kundera's latest novel becomes a “hymn to insignificance,” an ode to the ephemera of personal and political life.

Does Color Even Exist?
What you see is only what you see
May 21, 2015

What you see is only what you see.

The Culture of Criticism
What do we owe the Enlightenment?
May 20, 2015

What do we owe the Enlightenment?

Welcome to Literature’s Duchamp Moment
Avant-garde fiction is starting to resemble conceptual art
May 18, 2015

We don’t live like nineteenth-century French novelists anymore, so we should stop writing according to their conventions.

When "Holocaust" Became "The Holocaust"
An etymological mystery
May 17, 2015

An etymological mystery.

Instill Life
The dark and light of Sally Mann
May 14, 2015

Photographer Sally Mann's career has been dogged by controversy. In a new memoir, she says it was never about the kids, but the place.

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