After decades of literary labor, <strong>Bulgakov </strong>had published little: some short stories, part of a novel. The problem? His failure to understand what was wanted from his work

After decades of literary labor, Bulgakov had published little: some short stories, part of a novel. The problem? His failure to understand what was wanted from his
After decades of literary labor, Bulgakov had published little: some short stories, part of a novel. The problem? His failure to understand what was wanted from his [More]

As Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, &ldquo;The intellect is a muscle; it must be exercised.&rdquo; But that exercise varies. Consider the <strong>reading habits of book critics</strong>

As Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, &amp;ldquo;The intellect is a muscle; it must be exercised.&amp;rdquo; But that exercise varies. Consider the reading habits of book
As Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, “The intellect is a muscle; it must be exercised.” But that exercise varies. Consider the reading habits of book [More]

After decades of research and dozens of excellent books, is there anything new to say about <strong>Hitchcock, Welles, and Kubrick</strong>? Yes, quite a lot

After decades of research and dozens of excellent books, is there anything new to say about Hitchcock, Welles, and Kubrick? Yes, quite a
After decades of research and dozens of excellent books, is there anything new to say about Hitchcock, Welles, and Kubrick? Yes, quite a [More]

English idioms and The British Apollo

In 1708, London witnessed the appearance of The British Apollo, or Curious Amusements for the INGENIOUS. To which are Added the most Material Occurrences Foreign and Domestick. Perform’d by a
In 1708, London witnessed the appearance of The British Apollo, or Curious Amusements for the INGENIOUS. To which are Added the most Material Occurrences Foreign and Domestick. Perform’d by a [More]

Film as an art form is routinely dismissed in comparison to books. The attitude is so taken for granted the people assume even <strong>Martin Scorsese </strong>subscribes to it. He doesn't

Film as an art form is routinely dismissed in comparison to books. The attitude is so taken for granted the people assume even Martin Scorsese subscribes to it. He
Film as an art form is routinely dismissed in comparison to books. The attitude is so taken for granted the people assume even Martin Scorsese subscribes to it. He [More]

Of dogs, apes, and humans

It&#39;s the late afternoon and you are in the kitchen, idly beginning to think about dinner, at the end of a long day at work. Suddenly the peace is shattered by the noisy entrance of your dog and your
It's the late afternoon and you are in the kitchen, idly beginning to think about dinner, at the end of a long day at work. Suddenly the peace is shattered by the noisy entrance of your dog and your [More]

Fifty years after her genteel verse graced the Yale Younger Poets series, <strong>Adrienne Rich</strong> had become a dissident. She hadn&rsquo;t exactly chosen poetry in the first place

Fifty years after her genteel verse graced the Yale Younger Poets series, Adrienne Rich had become a dissident. She hadn&amp;rsquo;t exactly chosen poetry in the first
Fifty years after her genteel verse graced the Yale Younger Poets series, Adrienne Rich had become a dissident. She hadn’t exactly chosen poetry in the first [More]

For the Third Reich, dominance culturally was as important as politically and economically. The Nazis pursued <strong>a new aesthetics for a new order</strong> -- and showed how swiftly liberal principles can be hollowed out

For the Third Reich, dominance culturally was as important as politically and economically. The Nazis pursued a new aesthetics for a new order -- and showed how swiftly liberal principles can be
For the Third Reich, dominance culturally was as important as politically and economically. The Nazis pursued a new aesthetics for a new order -- and showed how swiftly liberal principles can be [More]

Panhandling & Free Expression

Embed from Getty Images Many local officials tend to believe that panhandlers are detrimental to local businesses and tourism and, as such, it is no surprise that there have been many efforts to ban
Embed from Getty Images Many local officials tend to believe that panhandlers are detrimental to local businesses and tourism and, as such, it is no surprise that there have been many efforts to ban [More]

<strong>Margaret Wise Brown</strong> avoided witches, trolls, glass slippers, and sleeping beauties. Instead she revolutionized picture books, even prompting Gertrude Stein to write one

Margaret Wise Brown avoided witches, trolls, glass slippers, and sleeping beauties. Instead she revolutionized picture books, even prompting Gertrude Stein to write
Margaret Wise Brown avoided witches, trolls, glass slippers, and sleeping beauties. Instead she revolutionized picture books, even prompting Gertrude Stein to write [More]