Books

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.

Big Star's Alex Chilton Wrote the Script for Every Indie-Rock Recluse
March 02, 2014

How it became OK for musicians to reject popular appeal.

'The Poetry of Sex' Isn't Actually About Sex
February 28, 2014

Sex may be behind every poem ever written, but relatively few are actually about it, and even less are actually ''sexy.

Malcolm Cowley Was One of the Best Literary Tastemakers of the Twentieth Century. Why Were His Politics So Awful?
February 28, 2014

Malcolm Cowley did as much as anyone to shape the literary canon of the last century. Why did he hold onto Soviet Communism long after other American intellectuals had given it up?

Which Creates Better Writers: An MFA Program or New York City?
'MFA vs NYC' investigates the relationship between creativity and collectivity
February 27, 2014

The most important question of this collection of essays isn't related to its central binary so much as to the broader question of how we consider the relationship between creativity and collectivity.

 

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