From the stacks

How to Write About Fashion
May 23, 2015

Fashion writing is a funny business. Nestled next to lavish ads, it can’t easily say what it really thinks.

Pauline Kael's First Film Review for The New Republic
May 22, 2015

Kael embraced the upstarts who would come to be known as the French New Wave.

What Life in Cuba Was Like After Castro's Revolution
December 17, 2014

Visiting a collective farm, searching for coffee and rum, and more

How Flaubert Changed Literature Forever
December 12, 2014

"Flaubert gave birth to Nabokov on one side and to Hemingway on the other."

Is God Russian? Dostoevsky Thought So.
November 11, 2014

What did the Russian novelist mean when he wrote that for a man to be saved, he had to believe in the Russian God?

This Is What It Was Like to Witness the Fall of the Berlin Wall
November 07, 2014

"It must be strange to ask directions from a man who a week earlier would have shot you for trying to leave the country."

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.