Literature

Nabokov's Lolita Is Constantly Banned. It's Also a Work of Genius.
September 23, 2014

It's Banned Books Week. Read something dangerous. 

You Should Absolutely, Positively Read the Canon in College
September 15, 2014

The ultimate essay in defense of the masterpieces we know and love.

Sitting With E.M. Forster While He Had His Portrait Sketched
August 22, 2014

This writer had the pleasure of chatting with the novelist one summer afternoon.

John Updike Beautifully Explains How Difficult It Was To Read John Cheever's Tortured Journals
August 13, 2014

Cheever's life was often a mess of chaos. Updike still sees the beauty in it.

Knopf Book Designer Hates the Classic 'Great Gatsby' Cover
In an interview, Peter Mendulsund explains why some covers work and others fail
August 04, 2014

He explains why some covers succeed and others fail. 

Virginia Woolf's Belated Obituary for Jane Austen
What would Austen have written about if she'd lived a longer life?
July 18, 2014

What would Austen have written about if she'd lived a longer life?

63 Years Ago, We Knew That 'The Catcher in the Rye' Was Insufferable and Overrated
July 16, 2014

You called it, too. Salinger's novel isn't as great as people claim.

Politics and Fiction
Morals are the husband and wife of literature
July 14, 2014

How to be a "guerrilla of the imagination."

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