You Are Now Entering the Demented Kingdom of William T. Vollmann
July 22, 2014

Home to goddesses, dreams, and a dangerously uncorrupted literary mind.

'Harriet the Spy' Predicted Our Surveillance State
July 21, 2014

Harriet's domestic spying was eerily similar to the NSA's 

Why Are There So Many Orphans in the Comics?
July 20, 2014

Roz Chast's take on child/parent relationships and aging

We Get to See Director's Cuts of Our Favorite Movies. Why Not an "Author's Cut" for Books?
July 18, 2014

The film world is keen on releasing a director's cut, which differs from the final version of the movie; publishers should do the same with books.

63 Years Ago, We Knew That 'The Catcher in the Rye' Was Insufferable and Overrated
July 16, 2014

You called it, too. Salinger's novel isn't as great as people claim.

The Millennia-Old History of the Apocalypse
July 15, 2014

From "The Leftovers" to "Left Behind," the apocalypse continues to fascinate. Here's where it began.

Politics and Fiction
July 14, 2014

How to be a "guerrilla of the imagination."

Middlemarch Showed Me How to Live
July 13, 2014

My junior year at Brown, I was so unhappy that I dropped out. In Arizona, I met a man. And I read Middlemarch.

Remember the Greek Enlightenment?
July 11, 2014

Neither does Greece, to judge by its government.

Shakespeare Was an Epicurean
July 11, 2014

Tracing the Bard’s debt to the French essayist Michel de Montaigne.