Books

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: How George Orwell Embraced England
January 10, 2014

This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. Since whoever we are (save for a few sad Leninists) we all agree with George Orwell, it usually follows that Orwell must agree with us.

Six Dictators' Favorite Books
January 10, 2014

The literary tastes of dictators are a slightly sordid fascination. Here are the favorite books of a few of our least favorite men.

Katherine Mansfield's 'The Garden Party' Proves She Was a Genius
January 09, 2014

On the anniversary of her death, a celebration of Mansfield's great talent.

Since When Is Philip Roth an Idol?
He went from bete noire to laureate. Why'd we lose track of his flaws?
January 08, 2014

In the 1990s, Philip Roth drifted from bête noire to laureate. Why'd we lose track of his flaws?

We Don't Need Another Book About How Much You Love Reading
January 07, 2014

"Why I Read" is another pointless entry in the tired genre, The Very Personal Book About My Love Of Reading.

This Novel Could Be the Next 'Suite Francaise'
January 07, 2014

The de Waal family is back with another romp through 20th century European history.

The Secret World of American Spies in the Middle East
January 06, 2014

This is what it's like to be an American spy in the Middle East.

A Book-Length Defense of Big Banks Goes Long on Straw Men and Conspiracy Theories
January 02, 2014

Richard Bove's alarmist, snarky defense of big banks.

Please, Liberals: Stop Abusing 'A Tale of Two Cities'
It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines
January 02, 2014

It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines—and now it's a cliche with no connection to a great book.

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