A Little Narcissism Is Good For You
February 25, 2014

A psychologist explains why a little bit of narcissism may be good for you.

Don't Call Henry David Thoreau a Hermit
February 23, 2014

A new book explores the man behind the recluse in the woods.

The 150-Year Hunt for the Great American Novel
And why we need literary scholarship to reunite with literary criticism
February 22, 2014

Why literary scholarship should reunite with literary criticism. 

George Eliot's Strangely Modern Life
February 21, 2014

George Eliot may have been born in the last year of George III’s reign, but her life story reads like a 1970s feminist coming-of-age tale.

John Sutherland's Little History of Literature Skims Too Lightly Over Its Subject
February 20, 2014

Would readers be better off plumbing Wikipedia?

The Book Industry Is So Scared of Amazon, No One Will Talk on the Record
Except these people
February 20, 2014

The wary silence surrounding Amazon has ended up forcing a small handful of voices to serve as mouthpieces for the industry at large.

The Five Worst Books Ever Written By Great Authors
February 19, 2014

You may love these authors, but boy oh boy are these books doozies. 

Too Much Ambition Doesn't Always Break a Novel
February 19, 2014

The knock on Richard Powers is that his novels don’t sustain the weight of their ambitions. That's not entirely true in his latest. 

Why We're So Obsessed with 'Natural' Childbirth
A new history of Lamaze explains the origins of the mythology
February 17, 2014

A new history of the Lamaze technique explain the origins of our earth-mother, natural-birth fantasies.

Apparently Having an Opinion about Sex Is Now a Taboo
Maybe, possibly, there’s something wrong with your idea of what is sexy.
February 15, 2014

Jesse Bering's new book, Perv, puts forward a rigidly harm-reduction approach to sexual morality (although at times his theories seem to be proposing the normalisation of child abuse images). But tolerance alone isn't enough.