Oscar Wilde in America

Wilde in America. Clad in green-velvet knee breeches and patent-leather shoes, he crossed the continent in search of attention…
Wilde in America. Clad in green-velvet knee breeches and patent-leather shoes, he crossed the continent in search of attention… [More]

Life of Gore Vidal

Have you heard the story of the Duchess of Argyll’s sex scandal? Gore Vidal’s salacious, sardonic tales were well rehearsed…
Have you heard the story of the Duchess of Argyll’s sex scandal? Gore Vidal’s salacious, sardonic tales were well rehearsed… [More]

Life of Bertolt Brecht

Brecht in America. His reception was grudging at best, obtuse and reactionary at worst. The problem? He fell victim to the professoriate…
Brecht in America. His reception was grudging at best, obtuse and reactionary at worst. The problem? He fell victim to the professoriate… [More]

F.R. Leavis and literature

F.R. Leavis maintained the highest of high brows. His idea of intellectual slumming was listening to Schubert and reading a neglected classic…
F.R. Leavis maintained the highest of high brows. His idea of intellectual slumming was listening to Schubert and reading a neglected classic… [More]

Axe-wielding Amazons

Among the Amazons. Did a tattooed tribe of horseback riders smoke cannabis, drink fermented mare’s milk, and fight alongside men?…
Among the Amazons. Did a tattooed tribe of horseback riders smoke cannabis, drink fermented mare’s milk, and fight alongside men?… [More]

Why writers want fans who last

For writers, who thrive on isolation, fame is an odd goal. Elusive, too, because world no longer cares about literature. Our Keats is Steve Jobs…
For writers, who thrive on isolation, fame is an odd goal. Elusive, too, because world no longer cares about literature. Our Keats is Steve Jobs… [More]

Enigma of survival

War’s psychic aftermath: trauma, chaos, depression, dissociation, fear and resilience. Making sense of the postwar persona…
War’s psychic aftermath: trauma, chaos, depression, dissociation, fear and resilience. Making sense of the postwar persona… [More]

Lives of Keynes

To grasp Keynes, you must understand that he was more than an economist. He was a don, speculator, farmer, statesman, theatrical manager…
To grasp Keynes, you must understand that he was more than an economist. He was a don, speculator, farmer, statesman, theatrical manager… [More]

FBI as literary critic

From the Harlem Renaissance through the Black Arts Movement, among the most influential readers of black writers were the men of the FBI…
From the Harlem Renaissance through the Black Arts Movement, among the most influential readers of black writers were the men of the FBI… [More]

Sartre

Hopped up on coffee and amphetamines, Sartre filled notebook upon notebooks with prose both windy and impenetrable…
Hopped up on coffee and amphetamines, Sartre filled notebook upon notebooks with prose both windy and impenetrable… [More]