Tony Judt’s Journey

Tony Judt was a good European who happily made his home in America. It was around 2002 that happiness curdled into disappointment…
Tony Judt was a good European who happily made his home in America. It was around 2002 that happiness curdled into disappointment… [More]

Bring back the serialized novel

The novel is in the doldrums. Sales are down, something called “snackable content” is in demand. The solution? A return to the past: serialization…
The novel is in the doldrums. Sales are down, something called “snackable content” is in demand. The solution? A return to the past: serialization… [More]

Teaching ‘Western Values’ in China

Teaching political theory in Beijing. Human rights and democracy are fine, but no Marxism. And beware the censors…
Teaching political theory in Beijing. Human rights and democracy are fine, but no Marxism. And beware the censors… [More]

CIA and Student Movement

“If I had the choice, I would do it again,“ said Gloria Steinem about working for the CIA. Other intellectuals were not so candid…
“If I had the choice, I would do it again,“ said Gloria Steinem about working for the CIA. Other intellectuals were not so candid… [More]

Walt Whitman’s ‘Drum-Taps’

Walt Whitman’s purpose in life and literature was “to soar, to sing the idea of all.” But his legacy – especially his Civil War writing – remains divisive…
Walt Whitman’s purpose in life and literature was “to soar, to sing the idea of all.” But his legacy – especially his Civil War writing – remains divisive… [More]

Science and ideology

Uncomfortable truths are stifled in science, but ideology alone isn’t to blame. It’s money that rules the day in the academy…
Uncomfortable truths are stifled in science, but ideology alone isn’t to blame. It’s money that rules the day in the academy… [More]

The Sam Weller Bump

Dickens was both a critic of industrialization and a creature of capitalism. Indeed, he was the original authorpreneur…
Dickens was both a critic of industrialization and a creature of capitalism. Indeed, he was the original authorpreneur… [More]

Formula for Literary Fame

Literary fame can depend on advantages other than talent. Would Wordsworth have been known without Lake District tourism, or his surname?…
Literary fame can depend on advantages other than talent. Would Wordsworth have been known without Lake District tourism, or his surname?… [More]

Interview with Renata Adler

“Mostly the good guys are the good guys and the not-good guys are not the good guys,” says Renata Adler. “Other people are just whatever they are”…
“Mostly the good guys are the good guys and the not-good guys are not the good guys,” says Renata Adler. “Other people are just whatever they are”… [More]

Joyce Maynard back to Yale

Joyce Maynard left Yale after two semesters to be with J.D. Salinger, the man she loved. She never returned, to her deep regret…
Joyce Maynard left Yale after two semesters to be with J.D. Salinger, the man she loved. She never returned, to her deep regret… [More]