Novels About Famous Writers' Wives Are a Cheap Trick
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
May 24, 2014
But we need to imprison people for fewer crimes and for less time
The 2014 Summer Reading Guide
May 21, 2014
Pack at least one of these before you head out on vacation.
What happens when a very smart scholar tries to find meaning in a very dumb book
Richard Epstein's highly influential, highly politicized scholarship sits at the base of Tea Party dogma
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
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.
Books of Forgetting
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
May 09, 2014
Duking it out over the writer