Books

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.

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.

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