Sunday, April 29 2012
Stranger Magic is an exhaustive compendium of the various tales in the Arabian Nights collection, as well as a robust and energetic investigation into how these stories of “Oriental” myth and folklore have seeped into the European imagination from the 18th century onward.
Sunday, June 5 2011
All the expertise in the world doesn’t prepare a parent to face the vagaries of American culture that lays itself pink, shiny, and bejewelled at the feet of a young girl.
Thursday, February 17 2011
The essays included in this fine, wide-ranging, thought-provoking volume take pains to remind the reader how every instance of urban dystopia – whether in Mexico, India, Africa or the United States – is shadowed by the particular history and legacy of its geography, culture, and society.
Monday, November 25 2013
It doesn’t seem enough that our conversations about pop culture only take one of two opposing poles: how it corrupts people totally and leads to “moral problems” and solipsism, or how it provides means of “agency” and “empowerment” and new ways of envisioning freedom.
Thursday, November 21 2013
The madwoman, whether in the attic or the ancestral house, is always a spectacle. I find Miss Havisham to be a troubling enigma.
Wednesday, November 13 2013
Donna Tartt's third novel, The Goldfinch, asks "What do you do when you're saddled with a self you do not want?"
Tuesday, October 15 2013
Meyer Spacks brings a clear-eyed examination of the socioeconomic hierarchies and cultural values of Austen’s time without becoming overly fond of, or resistant to, the ideas of love and romance that run through the novel.
Sunday, August 18 2013
This is a delicate and disturbing collection of short stories by a Prix Goncourt winner that takes an unflinching look at awkward, tragic, and marginal lives.