You Should Absolutely, Positively Read the Canon in College
September 15, 2014
The ultimate essay in defense of the masterpieces we know and love.
Nabokov's Perfect, Cheeky Response to a Reader Who Tried to Correct Him
September 04, 2014
Nabokov for the win.
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
August 04, 2014
He explains why some covers succeed and others fail.
Virginia Woolf's Belated Obituary for Jane Austen
July 18, 2014
What would Austen have written about if she'd lived a longer life?
You called it, too. Salinger's novel isn't as great as people claim.
Politics and Fiction
July 14, 2014
How to be a "guerrilla of the imagination."
"I realised: As well as my wallet and keys and hundreds of dollars, as well as my bank details and personal photographs—he had my book."
And it isn't pretty.