Book Essay

Finding Your Voice

How one writer discovered his when he stopped looking for it and learned instead to listen

by Larry Woiwode | Monday, June 03, 2019

Southern Cassandra

Lillian Smith was a writer and a radical who called out her region’s lies about sex and race

by Tracy Thompson | Monday, March 04, 2019

A Pleasure to Read You

Shouldn’t literature enchant, surprise, and teach us? And to make this happen, shouldn’t we be the most expert readers we can be?

by Arthur Krystal | Monday, December 03, 2018

March Madness

Why I Can’t Stand Little Women’s Jo March

by Katie Daniels | Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bringing In the Horse 

Virgil’s account of the sacking of Troy has similarities to the political situation of our day

by Mary Lefkowitz | Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Force of Nature

The racing tides beneath Peter Matthiessen’s literary achievement

by Jeff Wheelwright | Monday, June 04, 2018

A Dream of a Writer

Peter Taylor’s stories reveal an artist immersed in the quotidian who rose to the complexities of the heart and psyche

by Ann Beattie | Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Remembering Bob Silvers

The legendary New York Review of Books editor knew everybody, had read everything, and oversaw every stage of what he published

by Garry Wills | Monday, June 05, 2017

Found in Translation

A poet learns how to feel and see and think and sound in the language of his adopted home

by Piotr Florczyk | Monday, March 06, 2017

The Gogol Notebook

Remembering Randall Jarrell’s passionate lectures on Russian literature and discovering the pangs of alienation that plagued the poet during his final years

by Angela Davis-Gardner | Monday, December 05, 2016
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