When Are Metafictional Games a Mask For Laziness?
August 25, 2014
The complex literary stylings of Ben Lerner are as stunning as ever.
Geoff Dyer: “There Should Be an Annual Festival Devoted to Me”
August 08, 2014
Geoff Dyer likes to take down “dim-witted academics.” So what happened when he turned up at a conference on ... Geoff Dyer?
You are never really stirred. You are never hurt. It is all cold narrative, never truly poignant.
How Kafka Actually Lived
April 11, 2014
Kafka did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed.
Therapy: The Cause of, and Solution to, All of Writers' Problems
November 05, 2013
Does therapy help or hurt the writing process?
Willa Cather's Correspondence Reveals Something New
October 12, 2013
If there is a secret lurking in Cather’s correspondence, it might be this: her best writing, certainly in her letters and in much of her fiction, is driven by anger.
Dave Eggers's Overwrought Paranoia
October 07, 2013
Capturing the zeitgeist is something of an obsession for Dave Eggers.
And the Award for Most Insufferable Author Goes to...
July 08, 2013
The new novel Americanah has elicited a number of strong reactions, ranging from exasperation to awe.
From the Stacks: “Six Years After”
May 28, 2013
A bittersweet tale of marital communion and cleavage aboard a steamship.
The Origins of Paul Scott's Vast Masterpiece
May 17, 2013
How did a middling middle-aged novelist grow to write the English epic of colonial India?