What if My Struggle by the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard were written by Carla Olivia Krauss of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Would we care as much?
The Feminist Bean Counters Are BackShould we really care if Obama hasn’t appointed enough women, or there aren’t enough female bylines in the New York Review of Books?
AustengateThe Bank of England wanted to put Jane Austen on a 10-pound note. Then all hell broke loose.
The Best Breakup BooksIn Love, by Alfred Hayes, recently reissued; Light Years, by James Salter; and Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.
Thesis DefenseNo, it’s not a waste of time to get a literature Ph.D. It teaches you to commit to your ideas.
The Greatest Novelist You Haven’t ReadJames Salter is as good as Roth, Updike, or Ford. So why isn’t he popular?
Good Riddance, “Pro-Choice”Planned Parenthood abandons the bourgeois term. How about calling it “pro-freedom”?
A Lone Zebra on New Year’s EveI don’t care about the holidays. And yet they remind me of how things are supposed to look.
The Philosopher and the StudentWas the saga of Colin McGinn really a clear-cut case of sexual harassment?
Vanity, Thy Name Is FilmmakerThe response to the HBO documentary First Comes Love underlines our bias against “narcissistic” single mothers.
Sensitive Literary ManAdelle Waldman’s new novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., perfectly captures the type.
Great Airplane ReadsNot too scary. Not too slow. Totally absorbing. The criteria for a perfect airplane book.
Is the Bohemian Dead?In her new memoir, Country Girl, Edna O’Brien recalls when writers were drunk, brawling, and fabulous.
The Reluctant AmericanWhat the novel and the new movie The Reluctant Fundamentalist can teach us about the Boston bombers.