Casual PerfectionWhy did the publication of Elizabeth Bishop's drafts cause an uproar?
The Moussaoui SentenceHow the would-be terrorist avoided death.
Desperate Feminist WivesWhy wanting equality makes women unhappy.
Reality BitesDo disclaimers give memoirists license to invent?
Patti Smith, Meet Sylvia PlathRock stars who write poems.
The Lion KingC.S. Lewis' Narnia isn't simply a Christian allegory.
Theories of the EroticMale traditionalists wring their hands at the "grim" lives of young women.
Bret Easton EllisThe pleasures of Lunar Park.
I Celebrate WaltMichael Cunningham takes on Whitman in his new novel.
The Instruction ManualHow to read John Ashbery.
Don't Let Larry Summers Off the Hook YetWhy the Harvard president's tactless social science was a bad idea.
Ariel ReduxThe latest chapter in the Sylvia Plath controversy.
Debating the Best American FictionIn praise of "small" novels.
The Virginia Quarterly ReviewThe literary dark horse.
The Brief History of the DeadAn apocalyptic new book by a young novelist.
James Frey and JT LeRoyLying writers and the readers who love them.
Kong in LoveThe sexual politics of Peter Jackson's King Kong.
Marjorie WilliamsA journalist who made feminism matter.
It's a Jerk!Should men want to watch their wives give birth?
The Kite RunnerDo I really have to read it?
The RecluseRescuing the poet Jack Gilbert from oblivion.
Summers' SchoolWhat the Harvard president learned from his critics.
Tricked UpAlice Munro rebels against realism.