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.
"I Think Spinster Is An Identity Every Woman Can Claim"
November 06, 2014
"Something that makes a really great literary character would often make a horrible roommate ..."
Lytton Strachey Explains What a Strange, Marvelous Creature the Inventor of Modern Biography Was
October 29, 2014
"One of the most extraordinary successes in the history of civilization was achieved by an idler, a lecher, a drunkard, and a snob."