I Was Kim Jong-il's Poet Laureate
June 13, 2014
Writing helped me join Kim Jong-il's inner circle—until I committed treason.
Why Has Literature Ignored Soccer?
June 12, 2014
Baseball has inspired great literature in part because it's seen as a kaleidoscope of the American Dream; soccer, not so much.
Sure, it's carefully packaged and unsurprising. But Hard Choices is also, like Clinton herself, workmanlike and funnyish.
How to make poetry relevant again.
Saul Bellow's Ferocious Beliefs
June 10, 2014
Saul's particular combination of intellectuality and vitality was not paradoxical, it was category-shattering.
This Is What Dickensian London Really Looked Like
June 09, 2014
Images of the squalor and sadness of Victorian life.
Robert Heinlein became increasingly right wing, and his novels suffered for it.
It worked for feminism.
The change isn’t necessarily an evil to be decried.
Gandhi Was a Crank Before He Was a Saint
June 07, 2014
Gandhi may have been non-violent, but he could hurt people nonetheless.