Praise the Heavy Lift
March 30, 2011

It seemed for a time that the long novel had hit a lull. In a society that prefers to snack on information rather than dine on knowledge, the long nov

All Whooshed Up
March 29, 2011

All Things Shining turns out to be, rather surprisingly, a prime example of the current religious revival in America. This is a spiritual self-help bo

Quiet Desperation
March 28, 2011

No book is as closely associated with the rise of second-wave feminism as The Feminine Mystique, but many feminists regard it with deep ambivalence. I

Not Now! Not Here!
March 24, 2011

In 1981, in an introduction to a book of stories by Stefan Zweig, John Fowles noted that “Zweig has suffered, since his death in 1942, a darker eclips

The Temple Mount in New York
March 09, 2011

For Michael Weingrad, it is precisely the marginality, even the perversity, of the American Hebraist project that makes it so immensely interesting. “

Animal Nature
March 03, 2011

Slavenka Drakulić revisits and recrafts some of the most frightening moments in modern literature in her new book, seemingly lightening them for a dis

The Baffling Book
February 24, 2011

The Rise and Fall of the Bible is Timothy Beal’s attempt to shatter the popular understanding of the Bible as a combination of divine instruction manu

To the Poems!
February 17, 2011

Reading this collection put me in mind, too often for comfort, of the generations of undergraduate essays I had to read during my career as a universi

Drugs and Words
February 15, 2011

Robert Morrison’s biography somewhat daringly takes its title from De Quincey’s most famous work, Confessions of an English Opium Eater. While he draw

Art's Web
February 10, 2011

There is no question that Romantic Moderns is calculated to please Anglophiles. But Alexandra Harris knows how to wipe the cobwebs off subjects that a