In Praise of Oscar Wilde's Brilliant Wit, Sparkling Conversation, and Daring Genius
October 16, 2014
It was his personality, more than anything, that secured his reputation.
The Day I Met J.D. Salinger
June 04, 2014
"I found myself standing in front of my boss and Salinger—Jerry—resisting the urge to smooth my skirt."
We'd love to see what Colson Whitehead could do with a subway wall, or what Joshua Ferriss could tag on corprate elevators.
You Probably Haven't Read Robert Frost's Best Poems
January 29, 2014
There's way more to Frost than "The Road Not Taken."
On Her Birthday, In Praise of Edith Wharton's Acerbic Pen
January 24, 2014
She was rich as sin, but didn't let that stop her from ripping apart the upper class.
John Dos Passos and Glenway Westcott Remember F. Scott Fitzgerald
December 20, 2013
Read what John Dos Passos said at the time
Literary Festivals Are The Worst
October 18, 2013
Imagine an arts festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year. It is sponsored by a world-famous newspaper and an assortment of multinational companies. It draws in performers from around the world.
Should Jim Crace Retire?
February 28, 2013
Jim Crace announced he was done with fiction five years ago, but he's still writing.
How to Write About Sex
February 08, 2013
The only thing more common than bad sex? Bad writing about sex. A novelist describes the dangers of the smitten word.