From the stacks
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 the charming way that only he can.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Thought This Book Would Be the Best American Novel Of His Time
September 24, 2014
And we're not talking about Gatsby.
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.