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."

Jonathan Safran Foer Is Putting Literature on Chipotle Cups
May 15, 2014

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.