The Progressive Case for Teaching Shakespeare
June 16, 2015
The alienness of the Bard’s world is exactly why he deserves a permanent place in the literary canon.
Barney Rosset is the man who unmuzzled literature in America; we shouldn't forget his legacy.
The winner of the Man Booker International prize elicited both groans and hurrahs from fans of international literature.
Jonathan Franzen's “Bad” Sex Writing Isn't His Fault
May 15, 2015
All sex writing looks bad out of context.
A few Columbia students want warnings on Ovid. What's next? Here's what Literature Fascism would look like.
The Risks of Siding With French Secularism
May 10, 2015
The National Front's defense of 'Charlie Hebdo' should make the mag's progressive American defenders wary.
'Far from the Madding Crowd' Tries Too Hard to Make Its Victorian Heroine a 21st-Century Feminist
April 30, 2015
By trying to make its protagonist a modern feminist, Far from the Madding Crowd loses sight of its story.
Stick to improving the number of female bylines and reviewed authors.
What Gandhi Understood About Inflammatory Depictions of Muhammad
January 21, 2015
Non-Muslims have long used his image to provoke Muslims.
Henry James Thought Oscar Wilde Was a Talentless Self-Promoter. Here's What Happened When The Two Met.
January 14, 2015
Sometimes it's better to admire your heroes from afar.