China's Dan Brown is a Subtle Subversive
March 25, 2014
The writer who goes by the pen name Mai Jia is the most popular author in the world you’ve never heard of.
The Intellectual and Other Wanderings of Walter Benjamin
March 23, 2014
We do not imagine Benjamin on the beach. But the great intellectual of city life defied every school and stereotype.
"Flyover Country" Is an Insult to Midwesterners Like Me. So Is "Heartland" Sentimentality.
March 22, 2014
Three writers set out to defend the region and end up committing the same common mistake.
Inside Emily Dickinson's Revealing Lost Papers
March 21, 2014
Every transcription of handwriting into print misses something. With Dickinson's manuscripts, transcriptions miss a whole lot.
Was Nietzsche Right About Religion?
March 21, 2014
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.
Literary Fan Fiction: John Banville Does Raymond Chandler
March 17, 2014
At what point does a work of supposed literary merit simply become fan fiction?
Teddy Roosevelt, Not-So-Great Reformer
March 14, 2014
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.
The Contemporary Novel of Ideas Finds its Footing
March 13, 2014
Two recent novels by Nigerian expats have explored the limits of the novel of ideas.