"I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the arguments of my best friends." ~ Pip's Lament "Great Expectations" (Chapter 4, pg. 25)
The macho icon has been recast as a gender-bending progressive. But what really made his pulse race?
By Adam Gopnik
A Crackerjack Novel of Old Manhattan
Francis Spufford’s “Golden Hill” is a fast-paced romp, but it keeps its eyes on the moral conundrums of America.
By Laura Miller
Winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize: A Horse Walks into a Bar
“Astounding . . . [A] magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance . . . David Grossman has left a trail of blood and sweat on the page that only a true master—a Lenny Bruce, a Franz Kafka—could dream of replicating.” —Gary Shteyngart, The New York Times Book Review
Poetry in the Shadow of Austerity
For the past decade, the news in Greece has been grim, and a surplus of poets have tuned in.
By David Wallace
Roxane Gay’s Complicated “Hunger”
Gay has drawn the ire of fat-acceptance advocates, who presumably wish that she were a less equivocal role model.
By Doreen St. Félix
The Distance Between Language and Truth
“The Parable of the Blind,” by Gert Hofmann, is a strikingly contemporary commentary on the slipperiness of words and facts.