Irving Howe Turned Tardiness Into an Intellectual Stance
January 17, 2015

For Howe it was precisely by remaining between politics and literature that one became an intellectual.

Found in Translation
Arthur Goldhammer is America's finest bridge to French culture
January 13, 2015

Arthur Goldhammer brought us Piketty—and so much more.

The Real 'American Sniper' Had No Remorse About the Iraqis He Killed
January 13, 2015

Clint Eastwood's film gives Chris Kyle too much credit.

The Best Fiction of 2014
December 31, 2014

Ian McEwan, Lydia Davis, and a little-known Canadian genius.

The Year's Best Books for Understanding Our Complicated World
December 30, 2014

A look at the best books published on global topics this past year.

How The World Fell in Love with America
America as a "vast conspiracy to make you happy"
December 22, 2014

Is America just a "vast conspiracy to make you happy"?

Why Couldn’t Patrick Leigh Fermor Finish His Masterpiece?
The perils of posthumous publication
December 22, 2014

The incompleteness of a certain kind of aesthetic object can inspire additional devotion.

The Allure of Ugliness
Is the unattractive female character ascending?
December 17, 2014

It's been 150 years since Jane Eyre was published, but we still like our female protagonists pretty.

Stephen Colbert Is One of Pop Culture's Best Literary Boosters
Here are "The Colbert Report"'s most entertaining author interviews
December 17, 2014

Stephen Colbert's best author interviews.