The advanced fragmentation of intellectual life in America means that personalities and issues that loom large in one field are often invisible in another. For the sociologist or the economist, the name Stanley Fish probably means little or nothing. For those in more literary domains, however, this scholar, university administrator, and critic has for decades been a familiar figure.
Ever since Ship Fever, science has been novelist Andrea Barrett's focus. Is it starting to hurt her writing?
The 25 contemporary artists featured in Art Made From Books (forthcoming from Chronicle Books) may use similar materials, but their work exhibits extraordinary range—themes that range from nostalgia and the passage of time, to history and nature, to the boundaries between sculpture, painting, and text. Below is a sample.
The Algerian Chronicles of Albert Camus reveal the callous simplicity of conventional anti-colonialist dogma.
Ten years ago, in an essay called “Dragon Slayer,” Christopher Hitchens wrote this about his beau ideal of morality and intellectualism, George Orwell: “He owns the twentieth century, as a writer about fascism and communism and imperialism, in a way that no other writer in English can claim.” In 1968, Orwell’s friend and onetime schoolmate Anthony Powell wrote that “Orwell’s exposure of the ruthless, totalitarian nature of communism is his greatest political achievement.” Powell might have added “artistic achievement,” as well, since Orwell’s essays stand in the
The morally painful road to slavery's end
Is Lincoln's compromised, hesitant effort to end slavery defensible?
July 3, 2006
A reflection on the grittier side of being one with nature, and whether Henry David Thoreau really enjoyed it as much as he claimed to.
The best blurbs from books' biggest fangirl
Except for maybe Gary Shteyngart, most writers don’t waste their best material on blurbs for other books.
December 15, 1926
On the anniversary of Guy de Maupassant's birth in 1850, The New Republic's 1926 review of two books chronicling his life: Guy de Maupassant, A Biographical Study, by Ernest Boyd, and The Life, Work and Evil Fate of Guy de Maupassant, by Richard Harborough Sherard.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux has long had a reputation as a preeminent literary house. Will it be able to sustain it?