Books

How Scalia's Beliefs Completely Changed the Supreme Court
And therefore, the country
September 09, 2014

With 28 years on the bench, his beliefs have seeped into nearly ever aspect of federal law. 

'A Great Symphony of American Junk'
What David Foster Wallace misunderstood about John Updike
September 08, 2014

What David Foster Wallace got wrong about John Updike.

Why Has the American Literary Canon Admitted So Few Historians?
Two mid-century scholars are finally getting their due
September 06, 2014

Two mid-century scholars finally get their due

The Metaphysical Case for Abolishing Political Parties
Do political parties corrupt the souls of their members?
September 03, 2014

Do political parties corrupt the souls of their members? 

How Scientists Captured the Brains of Amis and McEwan
August 29, 2014

Novels by both authors seems to be creaking under the burden of researched fact and rehearsed message, but there was a time when their impulses flowed in the opposite direction.

Miss de Beauvoir, Meet 'Alien v. Predator'
The pastiche poetry of Michael Robbins
August 28, 2014

The pastiche poetry of Michael Robbins.

I Hated English Class, Until We Read Nabokov
The novelist taught me how to leave room for magic
August 26, 2014

For years, I hid my book-loving self from my classmates. 

The Real-Life Piper from "Orange Is the New Black" Talks Courtroom Fashion
August 26, 2014

The inspiration behind 'Orange Is The New Black' talks about a piece of clothing she's never forget.

When Are Metafictional Games a Mask For Laziness?
The complex style of Ben Lerner
August 25, 2014

The complex literary stylings of Ben Lerner are as stunning as ever.

How One Woman's Luxury Damascus Villa Became a Refugee Camp
The war in Syria seeps into the Old City
August 15, 2014

A touching memoir of war and loss—told through a single Syrian house.

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