From the stacks

Anne Sexton's "The Hoarder"
February 26, 1972
October 04, 2013

"An idler is like a lump of dung; whoever picks it up shakes it off his hand."Ecclesasticus

Gore Vidal's 'Empire' Was a Letdown of Epic Proportions
September 21, 1987
October 03, 2013

Some weeks ago I took my children to West Point.

The Last Government Shutdown Was Nothing Compared to 2013
October 01, 2013

It's been 17 years since the last government shutdown. Here's what The New Republic wrote after it ended in January, 1996: 

Be Proud of Your Stephen King Fandom
November 6, 2000
October 01, 2013

Be Proud of Your Stephen King Fandom. 

Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood': "This is Reddiwip writing"
January 22, 1966
September 30, 2013

Though In Cold Blood received near-universal praise upon publication—and is generally regarded as the first of its kind, a non-fiction novel—not every critic was immediately enamored of it.

George Mayberry's 1952 Review of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
September 25, 2013

In honor of Banned Books Week, we're publishing our original reviews of frequently banned books.

Read Michael Crichton's 1969 Review of Kurt Vonnegut's 'Slaughterhouse-Five'
September 24, 2013

In honor of Banned Books Week, we'll be publishing our original reviews of frequently banned books.

From the Stacks: "The Logic of Survival in a Lunatic World"
September 23, 2013

In honor of Banned Books Week, we'll be publishing our original reviews of frequently banned books. First up is Robert Brustein on Joseph Heller's Catch 22, "a bitter, brilliant, subversive book."

From the Stacks: Ursula K. Le Guin Reviews Italo Calvino's "Italian Folktales"
September 19, 2013

The Italian writer Italo Calvino died on this day in 1985. In 1980, American author Ursula K.

Remembering Samuel Johnson
September 18, 2013

Today marks the 304th anniversary of Samuel Johnson's birth. This piece, originally published in The New Republic, explains how Johnson's life, the subject of perhaps the most famous biography in history, "is a portrait of his century."

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