From the stacks

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. 

From the Stacks: "Holden Caulfield Goes to Law School"
March 9, 1987
September 03, 2013

A new film and biography of J.D. Salinger claim to reveal new information about the reclusive writer's life—including new work. In 1987, Andrew Delbanco reviewed another Salinger biography and the "unsquelchable" rumor of unpublished work. 

Thoughts on Labor Day
September 2, 1946

It says in the good book—the Bible, the Constitution or Adam Smith—that "man cannot live by wage rates alone." The rate is a sheer fiction unless there are "hours worked" to go along with it; and the more of these hours—that is, within the limits of

From the Stacks: Crediting Poetry
The 1995 Nobel Lecture
August 30, 2013

The Irish poet Seamus Heaney passed away this morning at the age of 74. Following is the speech he gave in reception of the Nobel Prize for Literature, which he was awarded in 1995.

From the Stacks: "Goethe and German Egotism"
January 2, 1915
August 28, 2013

The German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on this day in 1749. In 1915, George Santayana wrote about the legacy of Geothe, Kant, and Hegel in understanding contemporary Germany.