From the stacks
In Defense of Public Libraries
July 28, 2014
The importance of public libraries can't be exaggerated.
The Millennia-Old History of the Apocalypse
July 15, 2014
From "The Leftovers" to "Left Behind," the apocalypse continues to fascinate. Here's where it began.
Why Johnny Can't Operate
June 17, 2014
Arnold Relman reviews Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Managed Care Era
Saul Bellow's Ferocious Beliefs
June 10, 2014
Saul's particular combination of intellectuality and vitality was not paradoxical, it was category-shattering.
On the 1992 Campaign Trail with Jerry Brown
May 19, 2014
California governor Jerry Brown was once part-hippie, part-futurist.
Gustave Flaubert Was Not A Realist
May 08, 2014
Despite what you may have been taught.
Why Do Great Writers Stop Writing?
April 28, 2014
The tragic epilogue of Harper Lee.
The Myth of Shakespeare
April 23, 2014
Shakespeare provides the "golden mean" for which our modern intellectual (nostalgic for support) and our crowding average (nostalgic for good taste) perpetually yearn.
Three grades of evil can be discerned in the queer world of verbal transmigration.
Charlotte Brontë Discovered the Plain Heroine
April 21, 2014
'A misplaced chair put her out, and her imagination was at home upon volcanic-looking hills!' Appraising Charlotte Brontë's understated brilliance.