Monday, January 24 2011
Los Angeles, Venice is one of those great cities that does not exist because it is situated alongside a great natural harbor or sits astride important trade routes; Venice was willed into being and wrested the advantages of all those things from its industry.
Wednesday, November 4 2009
A brooding, melancholy variation on the theme of Mary Shelley's classic novel.
Sunday, February 8 2009
Poe can be credited with inventing the modern horror story, the modern detective story, and, possibly, the modern sci-fi story.
Sunday, October 2 2005
Seemingly no kernel of isolated trivia or controversial factoid is small enough to escape the author's notice.
Tuesday, August 9 2005
But we don't remember Chaucer for his contributions to English governance, we remember him as perhaps the single most significant architect of the modern English language.