Books

Novels About Famous Writers' Wives Are a Cheap Trick
Leave Zelda, Hadley, and the rest out of it
May 26, 2014

The demand for fiction cast in the template of “the creative person's wife” shows little sign of abating.

We Need a Strong Prison System
But we need to imprison people for fewer crimes and for less time
May 24, 2014

But we need to imprison people for fewer crimes and for less time

The 2014 Summer Reading Guide
9 smart, entertaining new books to get you through the summer
May 21, 2014

Pack at least one of these before you head out on vacation.

Finally, an Academic Text Devoted to '50 Shades of Grey'
When a very smart scholar takes on a very dumb book
May 19, 2014

What happens when a very smart scholar tries to find meaning in a very dumb book

The Man Who Made Libertarians Wrong About the Constitution
How Richard Epstein's highly influential, highly politicized scholarship cemented Tea Party dogma
May 18, 2014

Richard Epstein's highly influential, highly politicized scholarship sits at the base of Tea Party dogma

Yet Another Writer Has Admitted Faking Her Holocaust Memoir
The long, strange history of made-up Shoah stories
May 17, 2014

There's a long, strange history of made up shoah diaries. Why do we repeatedly fall for them?

Joshua Ferris's New Novel Is as Boring as it Sounds
The author of 'Then We Came to the End' fails to make the NYC Everyman interesting
May 13, 2014

What would it take to get me to reread To Rise Again at a Decent Hour? You’d have to hold a gun to my head. 

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

Pages