The ghost at the atheist feast
Two new books about the ghost at the atheist feast
Hypocrisy won’t be what brings down Calipari. His teams’ performances will.
Anne Rice's petition won't work. People will still find a way to be jerks on the Internet—because it’s the Internet.
At what point does a work of supposed literary merit simply become fan fiction?
What Washington-focused liberals miss about Progressivism
The liberal consensus is that Teddy Roosevelt was a great progressive. But his popularity makes it hard to see an alternative: progressivism with power not in the hands of corporate managers, or oligarchs.
Two recent novels by Nigerian expats have explored the limits of the novel of ideas.
And tried to stop him before it was too late
But then tried to stop him, before it was too late.
Take the American gothic currents of Joyce Carol Oates; instill the pithy black humor of Sam Lipsyte and the absurdist instincts of George Saunders—minus the sci-fi, futuristic flourishes; add a dose of domestic macabre a la A.M. Homes; invite the open-ended poetry of Lydia Davis but mix it with the sociological precision of Jonathan Franzen, and you have something like a recipe for a Lorrie Moore story.
What happens when fiction abuses the war on terror
Lorrie Moore is as talented as ever. But her attempts at post-September 11 topicality can be excruciating.
How it became OK for musicians to reject popular appeal.