These Books Won't Change Your Life: A Guide to Literary Self-Help
September 11, 2014

One of the publishing industry's most irritating trends

I Thought I Hated the New Atheists. Then I Read Sam Harris's New Book.
The new atheist trounce: Science, spirituality, and common sense bump heads
September 10, 2014

The facile heresy of the New Atheists is generally more bourgeois theatre than legitimate intellectual debate. Is Sam Harris's new book different? 

It Is Our Duty to Practice Harsh Criticism
A literary manifesto for the ages
September 10, 2014

A literary manifesto for the ages.

How Scalia's Beliefs Completely Changed the Supreme Court
And therefore, the country
September 09, 2014

With 28 years on the bench, his beliefs have seeped into nearly ever aspect of federal law. 

'A Great Symphony of American Junk'
What David Foster Wallace misunderstood about John Updike
September 08, 2014

What David Foster Wallace got wrong about John Updike.

Why Has the American Literary Canon Admitted So Few Historians?
Two mid-century scholars are finally getting their due
September 06, 2014

Two mid-century scholars finally get their due

The Metaphysical Case for Abolishing Political Parties
Do political parties corrupt the souls of their members?
September 03, 2014

Do political parties corrupt the souls of their members? 

How Scientists Captured the Brains of Amis and McEwan
August 29, 2014

Novels by both authors seems to be creaking under the burden of researched fact and rehearsed message, but there was a time when their impulses flowed in the opposite direction.

Miss de Beauvoir, Meet 'Alien v. Predator'
The pastiche poetry of Michael Robbins
August 28, 2014

The pastiche poetry of Michael Robbins.

I Hated English Class, Until We Read Nabokov
The novelist taught me how to leave room for magic
August 26, 2014

For years, I hid my book-loving self from my classmates.