“The Written World and the Unwritten World reminds us why we write, why we read, and how that makes us human.”
“There is a realization that comes with reading Trees: that while the collection brings with it an appreciation of Hesse’s work, each essay, each poem can be taken away and treasur
In her most recent collection of essays, Siri Hustvedt provides a feminist analysis of a range of materials drawn from her own family life (particularly the intimate relationships with her grandmot
“Jenny Diski is an absorbing, savagely witty, insatiably curious, and gifted writer. She is direct, unafraid, and full of surprises.”
As with her four brilliant novels, Rachel Kushner’s The Hard Crowd, 19 essays from the last two decades, takes the reader on a wild ride.
“a marvelous volume that introduces the reader to the wide variety of American writing and literary thought of the last two centuries of our nation’s history.”
“Although there are times when Chong gets a bit wordy and perhaps repetitive, her overall take on book reviewers and their work is well organized and informative.
“a superb chronicle of marginalization, a collage depicting a continent-sized country still finding its way nearly 200 years after independence.”
“A slow, careful reading of this book will reveal the deep thinking and philosophical regard for the world that made it possible for Toni Morrison to create such towering literary works as
“his poetic prose is a joy to read even when its vision is pessimistic.”
“I’d intended to provoke; what I got instead was sixty reviews in a vacuum.” Jonathan Franzen said this after penning a little-known manifesto, before he published The Corrections, spurned
Neil Gaiman established himself long ago as sort of a literary jack of all trades.
In the second and final installment of a recent extended back-and-forth (shouldn't it be "forth and back"?) between President Obama and Marilynne Robinson in The New York Review of Books,
Is there a writer who has not aspired to contribute to The New Yorker? Merely even one piece? That would be a prize.
Libraries, books, writing, and writers as subjects are fascinating, even collectively.
“This is a thoughtful, thought-provoking little book that is well worth your attention.”
If you are an appreciative reader of Adam Kirschs’ articles and reviews in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere you
“It’s a shared journey that is carefully documented by editor Chad Wriglesworth in notes and index.
“His book confronts the complacencies of observance . . . Mr. Rodwan champions choice.”
“. . . the proceeds of the purchase will go to a good cause.”
“Ms. Robinson is correct to point out that liberalism and religion are not incompatible and that there are enough historical examples and living persons bearing witness to the fact.
“The Ecstasy of Influence is a book worth reading—it redraws the map of popular culture and, in so doing, pushes us beyond the confines of our comfortable minds, out into the larger world
“In the Spring of 2012 a new novel from Edmund White entitled Jack Holmes and His Friend, is upcoming. The reader hopes that with this new work of fiction Mr.
“This book is recommended to anyone involved in health care—from student to practitioner to teacher or administrator—to remind us all of the traditions that nurture and feed us.
“And while the idea of a life consisting of essays might intrigue, The Other Walk does not.”