From the stacks

The Last Government Shutdown Was Nothing Compared to 2013
and
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."

On Wallace Stevens
November 17, 1937
September 17, 2013

The story is that Stevens has turned of late definitely to the left. I should say not, from anything in this book. He's merely older and as an artist infinitely more accomplished. 

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