Emily Dickinson's Poetry As It Was Meant To Be Read
December 10, 2013

These photos bring Dickinson to life better than any biography.

Rudyard Kipling Was a Great American
December 06, 2013

Rudyard Kipling’s creations in verse and prose are among the most familiar in the English language.

Statistically, Who's the Greatest Person in History?
Why quants can't measure historic significance
December 03, 2013

The stats have an answer. The stats lie.

Why Do We View Primo Levi's Work Through the Prism of His Death?
December 02, 2013

The Holocaust and the limits of human understanding. 

In Defense of Bad Sex Writing
November 28, 2013

Awards for bad sex writing are literary slut-shaming. 

What Happens When a Professor Tries To Use Philosophy to Prevent Suicide
November 22, 2013

A professor turns a blog post into a troubling book

Malcolm Gladwell Is America's Best-Paid Fairy-Tale Writer
The heavily-footnoted uplift of 'David and Goliath'
November 21, 2013

What do you get when you read a book that reinforces your beliefs while making you feel nonconformist? 

An Interview With Neil Gaiman, the Internet's Favorite Fantasy Writer
"It was much, much more fun being absolutely unknown"
November 21, 2013

"The big thing for me is there’s nothing wrong with escape. Someone who is in a difficult or impossible situation who is offered an unlocked door to somewhere else that they can go through, and they can go through and they can get away..."

I Rediscovered Lynne Cheney's Forgotten Feminist Novel
Her feuding daughters could learn a lot from it
November 20, 2013

And her feuding daughters could actually learn a lot from it.

The Doris Lessing I Knew: Young, Passionate, and Struggling to Keep It Together
November 19, 2013

From her obituaries, and the serious critical assessments of her work, I hardly recognize the Doris Lessing I knew.