The Controversy Over Muhammad Cartoons Is Not About the Prophet Muhammad
June 09, 2015

Blasphemy depends upon belief, and is fading with it.

Breaking the Boundaries Between Fantasy and Literary Fiction
June 07, 2015

A conversation between literary heavyweights Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro.

Why Are Libertarians Mostly Dudes?
June 05, 2015

Rand Paul is polling terribly among women. His political philosophy might be to blame.

Alice Goffman's Denial of Murder Conspiracy Raises Even More Questions
June 03, 2015

The sociologist wrote about joining a murder plot. Now she insists that it was "not about actual violence."

What Happens When a Great Editor Writes His First Novel
June 01, 2015

You get a paean to literary fandom that could have used a little more editing. 

Wising Up to the Wise Men of American Foreign Policy
May 29, 2015

George Kennan was not such a Wise Man after all, a new book argues. 

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?
May 27, 2015

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

Teaching the Controversy
May 25, 2015

James Baldwin and Richard Wright in the Ferguson Era.