Books

Why Do We View Primo Levi's Work Through the Prism of His Death?
December 02, 2013

The Holocaust and the limits of human understanding. 

In Defense of Bad Sex Writing
November 28, 2013

Awards for bad sex writing are literary slut-shaming. 

What Happens When a Professor Tries To Use Philosophy to Prevent Suicide
November 22, 2013

A professor turns a blog post into a troubling book

Malcolm Gladwell Is America's Best-Paid Fairy-Tale Writer
The heavily-footnoted uplift of 'David and Goliath'
November 21, 2013

What do you get when you read a book that reinforces your beliefs while making you feel nonconformist? 

An Interview With Neil Gaiman, the Internet's Favorite Fantasy Writer
"It was much, much more fun being absolutely unknown"
November 21, 2013

"The big thing for me is there’s nothing wrong with escape. Someone who is in a difficult or impossible situation who is offered an unlocked door to somewhere else that they can go through, and they can go through and they can get away..."

I Rediscovered Lynne Cheney's Forgotten Feminist Novel
Her feuding daughters could learn a lot from it
November 20, 2013

And her feuding daughters could actually learn a lot from it.

The Doris Lessing I Knew: Young, Passionate, and Struggling to Keep It Together
November 19, 2013

From her obituaries, and the serious critical assessments of her work, I hardly recognize the Doris Lessing I knew.

Doris Lessing's First Sci-Fi Book Reads Like a Debut Novel
October 13, 1979
November 18, 2013

Doris Lessing takes risks, but does not play games. One does not turn to her books for humor or wit or playfulness, nor will one find in them any game playing in the sense of one-upping, faking, posturing.

When Religion Had a Mind
The history of philosophical religion
November 16, 2013

All religions have one thing in common: philosophy.

Someone Not Named P.G. Wodehouse Has Just Written a New Bertie and Jeeves Novel
November 13, 2013

Someone not named P.G. Wodehouse has just written a new Bertie and Jeeves novel, and Wodehouse fans should worry.

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