Twenty stories of mixed signals, strange lands, and one-night stands in America and beyond.
04 Nov 2017
Sam Shepard somehow managed to incorporate (and yes, transcend) virtually every cliché of Americana, distilling it into his own, unique persona.
08 Aug 2017
Why "jeepers creepers" should be more profane than any word you (still) can't say on television, why it isn't, and why that matters.
10 Oct 2016
Edgar Allan Poe endures as an artist who made his life's work a deeper than healthy dive into the messy engine of human foibles, obsessions, and misdeeds.
29 Oct 2015
If Sjöberg's stylistic tics are an impediment to real investigation, they at least provide an aesthetic pleasure all their own.
27 Aug 2015
This anthology is meant to study two of the most lively artistic fields on the planet, and yet it's bogged down by articles of no great substance and no great joy.
05 May 2015
American journalist Max Lerner claimed "to reject the word is to reject the human search." Under the Third Reich, the book industry faced its own destruction, leaving the people with empty words bursting with Nazi propaganda.
04 Dec 2013
To deny the value of literature requires a willful ignorance of almost heroic proportions, and this is a welcome reminder of the role it has played in our lives, and of its indubitable destiny to continue to do so.
01 Nov 2013
While this does not prove that literature makes all of us better, it does demonstrate how the plays of Shakespeare have made one man better -- and that man happens to be a convicted murderer with no hope for parole.
04 Sep 2013
André Aciman's enjoyable, beautifully written novel tells about the highs and lows of academic life and adjusting to the rhythms of America as a foreigner.
03 Apr 2013
'Poaching' and 'copying' goes on in the making, reading, and interpreting of all forms of art and expression. The manner in which comics seem to invite connections to other media is what makes them vital artifacts of pop culture.
25 Mar 2013
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