Teaching the Controversy
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?
May 21, 2015

What you see is only what you see.

The Culture of Criticism
May 20, 2015

What do we owe the Enlightenment?

Welcome to Literature’s Duchamp Moment
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"
May 17, 2015

An etymological mystery.

Instill Life
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
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.
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.