Cheat! It's the Only Way to Get Published.
September 14, 2015

To get published in literary magazines, most writers have no choice but to bend the rules. 

Could Climate Change Cause Another Holocaust?
September 14, 2015

Timothy Snyder's new book identifies the conditions that allowed the Holocaust—conditions our society today shares. 

Professor Bellow
September 13, 2015

He wanted to be the novelist of both the streets and the faculty lounge.

The Hunt for a Possible Pynchon Novel Leads to a Name
September 12, 2015

Literary speculation begun by Harper’s Magazine leads to a Hawaiian author—A. J. Perry

'Jack Reacher' Embodies the American View of Justice: White, Male, and Lawless
September 11, 2015

The hero of Lee Child's series is an avatar of white masculinity in an age of radical transformations. 

Falling Asleep in the Afterlife
September 11, 2015

The bland comfort of mass-market Christianity.

Travel Writing Doesn’t Need Any More Voices Like Paul Theroux's
September 11, 2015

Maybe Paul Theroux needs to take some notes from Eat, Pray, Love.

When Family Is the Thing You Can't Escape
September 10, 2015

Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies tells of a tumultuous marriage and an even more dramatic past. 

Once A Joke Goes Viral, Who Cares Where It Came From?
September 09, 2015

The man who created some of early Hollywood's funniest gags ended up a forgotten suicide.

My Grandfather Built a House of 20,000 Books From the Ashes of War
September 09, 2015

An act of pogrom-like brutality destroyed my grandfather's home. Perhaps that fueled his lifelong obsession with books.