From the stacks
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
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: "Tolstoy: The Lesson of the Artist"
September 09, 2013
From the Stacks: "Holden Caulfield Goes to Law School"
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 In 1987, Andrew Delbanco reviewed another Salinger biography and the "unsquelchable" rumor of unpublished work.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 02, 2013
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
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"
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.
From the Stacks: "Theodore Dreiser"
August 27, 2013
Theodore Dreiser, American naturalist and the author of An American Tragedy and Sister Carrie, was born on this day 142 years ago. Below, John Chamberlain writes on Dreiser’s childhood and development as an American author of the industrial age.
It is not Asa Philip Randolph’s style to embarrass presidents of the United States in large assemblies; and so, when he came as a vice president of the AFL-CIO to the White House along with 300 other labor leaders, Mr.