Books

Reading Won't Make You a Better Person
Enough with the sanctimonious blather!
March 28, 2014

There is no longer any need to write “in defense of” reading—and yet we keep churning out books along these lines. 

Fitzgerald's Ideas Were Solid. His Books Were a Little More Convoluted.
March 27, 2014

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

The Miseducation of the Tiger Mom
An odd new book by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld gives ambition a bad name
March 25, 2014

A book by Yale Law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld shows an astonishing lack of scholarly rigor or common sense.

China's Dan Brown is a Subtle Subversive
March 25, 2014

The writer who goes by the pen name Mai Jia is the most popular author in the world you’ve never heard of. 

The Intellectual and Other Wanderings of Walter Benjamin
March 23, 2014

We do not imagine Benjamin on the beach. But the great intellectual of city life defied every school and stereotype.

"Flyover Country" Is an Insult to Midwesterners Like Me. So Is "Heartland" Sentimentality.
March 22, 2014

Three writers set out to defend the region and end up committing the same common mistake.

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.

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