Finally, an Academic Text Devoted to '50 Shades of Grey'
When a very smart scholar takes on a very dumb book
May 19, 2014

What happens when a very smart scholar tries to find meaning in a very dumb book

The Man Who Made Libertarians Wrong About the Constitution
How Richard Epstein's highly influential, highly politicized scholarship cemented Tea Party dogma
May 18, 2014

Richard Epstein's highly influential, highly politicized scholarship sits at the base of Tea Party dogma

Yet Another Writer Has Admitted Faking Her Holocaust Memoir
The long, strange history of made-up Shoah stories
May 17, 2014

There's a long, strange history of made up shoah diaries. Why do we repeatedly fall for them?

Joshua Ferris's New Novel Is as Boring as it Sounds
The author of 'Then We Came to the End' fails to make the NYC Everyman interesting
May 13, 2014

What would it take to get me to reread To Rise Again at a Decent Hour? You’d have to hold a gun to my head. 

Grasping for Words, Grappling with the Past
The long journey of Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld
May 13, 2014

Since Aharon Appelfeld's first novel, Badenheim 1939, was published in 1978, he has produced a paradoxical oeuvre of silence.

Books of Forgetting
Why we can't stop writing about what we can't remember
May 11, 2014

The problem of memory and memoir in an age when technology has both overcome and highlighted the limits of the human brain’s recall.

John Updike: Tedious Suburbanite, Literary Great
An argument
May 09, 2014

Duking it out over the writer

The Emancipationist Century
David Brion Davis's trilogy was fifty years in the making, and the final volume was worth the wait
May 09, 2014

David Brion Davis's book on American slavery and American freedom was 50 years in the making—and worth the wait.

Politics Is Made Personal in Michael Cunningham's New Novel
May 08, 2014

In Michael Cunningham’s luminous new novel, The Snow Queen, politics is backdrop.