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?

'The Saddest Story': Theodore Dreiser on Ford Madox Ford's 'The Good Soldier'
June 11, 2014

You are never really stirred. You are never hurt. It is all cold narrative, never truly poignant.

How Kafka Actually Lived
He did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed
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
The rage of a great American novelist
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”
March 28, 1923
May 28, 2013

A bittersweet tale of marital communion and cleavage aboard a steamship.

The Origins of Paul Scott's Vast Masterpiece
The epic of colonial India
May 17, 2013

How did a middling middle-aged novelist grow to write the English epic of colonial India? 

On Screen, 'Gatsby' is Beautiful—and Damned Boring
Five films later, Hollywood still doesn't get Fitzgerald's novel
May 09, 2013

The book was about class anxieties, not classy parties. The movie, not so much.