From the stacks
Anne Sexton's "The Hoarder"
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
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
October 01, 2013
Be Proud of Your Stephen King Fandom.
Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood': "This is Reddiwip writing"
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."
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."