Books

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.

Hillary Clinton's Memoir Isn't Terrible at All. It's Fun and Even a Little Weird.
June 11, 2014

Sure, it's carefully packaged and unsurprising. But Hard Choices is also, like Clinton herself, workmanlike and funnyish.

A British TV Celebrity Called for a "Poetry Inquisition." He's Right.
How to make poetry relevant again
June 10, 2014

How to make poetry relevant again.

Saul Bellow's Ferocious Beliefs
Saul's particular combination of intellectuality and vitality was not paradoxical, it was category-shattering.
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
Images of the squalor and sadness of Victorian life
June 09, 2014

Images of the squalor and sadness of Victorian life.

A Famous Science Fiction Writer's Descent Into Libertarian Madness
Robert A. Heinlein became increasingly right wing, and his novels suffered for it
June 08, 2014

Robert Heinlein became increasingly right wing, and his novels suffered for it.

The Transgender Rights Movement Needs a Goofy, Basic Foundational Text
It worked for feminism
June 08, 2014

It worked for feminism.

In the Near Future, Only Very Wealthy Colleges Will Have English Departments
Adapt (not publish) or perish
June 08, 2014

The change isn’t necessarily an evil to be decried.

Gandhi Was a Crank Before He Was a Saint
His morally nuanced early years in South Africa
June 07, 2014

Gandhi may have been non-violent, but he could hurt people nonetheless.

'Fiddler on the Roof' Distorted Sholem Aleichem
But Sholem Aleichem distorted shtetl life to begin with
June 07, 2014

Two new books together underscore the extent to which both Fiddler on the Roof and Sholem Aleichem were creatures of their audiences.

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