How to assess the promising, posthumous work of a 22-year-old
The act of reviewing—or even just having critical thoughts about—juvenilia produced by someone who cannot defend herself seems both loathsome and pointless. But this book calls for it.
Never heard of Gottfried Benn? It's because of his politics
Gottfreid Benn was a Nazi very briefly in the early 1930s. Why did it erase him from literary history?
The literary-critical giant lied about every part of his life
Paul de Man lied about everything: his college, his grad school, his rent payments, his quotations of Nietzsche and Rousseau. He even cheated his father out of his life savings. And that's just the beginning.
Enough with the sanctimonious blather!
There is no longer any need to write “in defense of” reading—and yet we keep churning out books along these lines.
Fitzgerald says that Tender is the Night is his farewell to the members of his own generation; I hope he changes his mind. He has in him at least one
An odd new book by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld gives ambition a bad name
A book by Yale Law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld shows an astonishing lack of scholarly rigor or common sense.
The writer who goes by the pen name Mai Jia is the most popular author in the world you’ve never heard of.
We do not imagine Benjamin on the beach. But the great intellectual of city life defied every school and stereotype.
Three writers set out to defend the region and end up committing the same common mistake.
Every transcription of handwriting into print misses something. With Dickinson's manuscripts, transcriptions miss a whole lot.