From the stacks

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. 

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
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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