Grasping for Words, Grappling with the Past
The long journey of Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld
May 13, 2014

Since Aharon Appelfeld's first novel, Badenheim 1939, was published in 1978, he has produced a paradoxical oeuvre of silence.

Books of Forgetting
Why we can't stop writing about what we can't remember
May 11, 2014

The problem of memory and memoir in an age when technology has both overcome and highlighted the limits of the human brain’s recall.

John Updike: Tedious Suburbanite, Literary Great
An argument
May 09, 2014

Duking it out over the writer

The Emancipationist Century
David Brion Davis's trilogy was fifty years in the making, and the final volume was worth the wait
May 09, 2014

David Brion Davis's book on American slavery and American freedom was 50 years in the making—and worth the wait.

Politics Is Made Personal in Michael Cunningham's New Novel
May 08, 2014

In Michael Cunningham’s luminous new novel, The Snow Queen, politics is backdrop.

This Remarkable Collection Retells Classic Short Stories With a Feminist Twist
May 06, 2014

Typically it takes bribery to get me to read straight through a short story collection.

Against the Tyranny of Natural-Childbirth Elitists
Doulas and hot tubs aren't better than doctors and hospitals
May 04, 2014

And hot tubs aren't better than hospitals.

Technology Is Taking Over English Departments
The false promise of the digital humanities
May 02, 2014

Humanists should critique the digital humanities, not embrace it, unless they want to sell their birthright for a mess of apps. 

'Atlas Shrugged' No Longer Ranks Among Americans' Top Ten Favorite Books
April 29, 2014

Ayn Rand is off; but F. Scott Fitzgerald is on; and Harper Lee moves up.