Books

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.

Those Mythological Men and Their Sacred, Supersonic Flying Temples
What tales of ancient Vedic aircraft tell us about India’s place in the modern world
May 14, 2015

What tales of ancient Vedic aircraft tell us about India’s place in the modern world.

Life Is "Triggering." The Best Literature Should Be, Too.
A few Columbia students want warnings on Ovid. What's next? Here's what Literature Fascism would look like.
May 14, 2015

A few Columbia students want warnings on Ovid. What's next? Here's what Literature Fascism would look like.

My Mom Worked Tirelessly for Me Throughout My Childhood and All I Got Her Was This Lousy Book
May 10, 2015

Dads get war stories. Moms get books about house work and babies.

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