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

The Missing Subject
December 21, 2010

Susan Cheever's Louisa May Alcott takes no viewpoint and proves no hypothesis. Even more damningly, one cannot read Cheever’s work for the bare facts

Edited Out
December 09, 2010

Tablet and Pen includes writing in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, as one would expect, but no Hebrew writers. But why? Tablet and Pen is really an anth

And All I Ask is a GPS
November 24, 2010

Parody, to be appreciated, demands familiarity with the work parodied, but today the reading public for, say, Browning and Whitman (two of the most re

Back Issues
October 28, 2010

Elizabeth Hardwick's Manhattan is poetry incarnate; here is the city as tidal flux, with private lives set against the racing seasons, cultural deligh

Stand By Your Whale!
October 21, 2010

Jay Parini's "biographical fiction" prompts the hard question of why novels devoted to the private lives of writers are so popular at the moment. This