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.

The Strange Second Act of the Man Who Brought Smut to American Literature
June 01, 2015

Barney Rosset is the man who unmuzzled literature in America; we shouldn't forget his legacy. 

The Man Booker International Prize Goes Global but Lands Back Home
May 19, 2015

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.

Life Is "Triggering." The Best Literature Should Be, Too.
May 14, 2015

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.

VIDA Wants Writers to Create "Important" Female Characters. Bad Advice.
April 08, 2015

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.