What is the Meaning of it, Watson?
January 16, 2012

Sherlock Holmes may be the most famous fictional character who ever existed and Doyle was the most popular writer since Dickens. But how could the man

The Closing of the Public Square
January 12, 2012

Both John Inazu’s Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly and Timothy Zick’s Speech Out of Doors: Preserving First Amendment Liberties in

Wait, Is Miranda July’s Book Fiction or Non-Fiction?
January 11, 2012

There’s a moment in Me and You and Everyone We Know, Miranda July’s hilarious and discomfiting first film, in which the director of a contemporary art museum and her assistant are fawning over a new show. “It really is amazing. It just looks so real,” the director kvells over what she believes is a sculpture of a discarded hamburger wrapper. “Oh, that wrapper is real,” says the artist, a young man with blond Fabio-style hair.

The Memory and The Pity
January 11, 2012

Robert Bober's new novel, like much of his previous fiction, is preoccupied with the question of how to give proper deference to memories that are har

Sex and Prophecy
January 10, 2012

David Lodge's novel opens just after World War II in England, when the seventy-nine-year-old H.G. Wells has just learned that he is dying of cancer. S

A Consequential Man
January 09, 2012

Carl Bogus is a fan of sorts, posthumously charmed by William F. Buckley’s wit and winning personality. More than this, Bogus grants enormous stature

New and Unimproved
January 04, 2012

Adaptation and reinvention run alongside the greatest artistic pursuits, and it has long been a skill of fine artists to steal for the purpose of maki

Mean Streets
January 02, 2012

At heart, though, this book is less an exercise in spatial definition as psycho-geography than an investigation not only into what the East End “is” o

Literary Resolutions For the New Year
December 30, 2011

Last year, I gave the traditional New Year’s resolutions a literary spin by resolving to become a better reader in 2011. Now it’s time to take stock. Did I keep my promises? And what should I resolve to do this year? 1. Lose weight. I pledged to make 2011 the year of my big switch to e-galleys, freeing myself of the mountains of paper weighing down my shelves and cluttering my apartment. Alas, this didn’t go as smoothly as planned. I signed up for both Netgalley and Edelweiss, but my electronic requests for review copies were often unanswered or (bizarrely) denied.