Books

Inside Emily Dickinson's Revealing Lost Papers
March 21, 2014

Every transcription of handwriting into print misses something. With Dickinson's manuscripts, transcriptions miss a whole lot.

Was Nietzsche Right About Religion?
The ghost at the atheist feast
March 21, 2014

Two new books about the ghost at the atheist feast

The Failure of Kentucky Coach John Calipari's "Players First" Philosophy
March 20, 2014

Hypocrisy won’t be what brings down Calipari. His teams’ performances will.

Anne Rice Issues a Petition to Get People to Be Nicer in Amazon Reviews
March 20, 2014

Anne Rice's petition won't work. People will still find a way to be jerks on the Internet—because it’s the Internet.

Literary Fan Fiction: John Banville Does Raymond Chandler
March 17, 2014

At what point does a work of supposed literary merit simply become fan fiction?

Teddy Roosevelt, Not-So-Great Reformer
What Washington-focused liberals miss about Progressivism
March 14, 2014

The liberal consensus is that Teddy Roosevelt was a great progressive. But his popularity makes it hard to see an alternative: progressivism with power not in the hands of corporate managers, or oligarchs. 

The Contemporary Novel of Ideas Finds its Footing
March 13, 2014

Two recent novels by Nigerian expats have explored the limits of the novel of ideas.

How a Pope Helped Mussolini Rise to Power
And tried to stop him before it was too late
March 08, 2014

But then tried to stop him, before it was too late.

Lorrie Moore Is a Mash-up of Contemporary Fiction
March 08, 2014

Take the American gothic currents of Joyce Carol Oates; instill the pithy black humor of Sam Lipsyte and the absurdist instincts of George Saunders—minus the sci-fi, futuristic flourishes; add a dose of domestic macabre a la A.M. Homes; invite the open-ended poetry of Lydia Davis but mix it with the sociological precision of Jonathan Franzen, and you have something like a recipe for a Lorrie Moore story.

Lorrie Moore Has a Politics Problem
What happens when fiction abuses the war on terror
March 02, 2014

Lorrie Moore is as talented as ever. But her attempts at post-September 11 topicality can be excruciating.

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