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  • Shakespeare and David Foster Wallace: The Pale King and Hamlet

    Looking at the language of critical response to the novel, there are parallels. This is not to say that David Foster Wallace cared for Hamlet. But he seemed to care for ontology. The question of what life means...

  • Was Bob Dylan the 20th Century’s Shakespeare?

    We didn’t mind Maureen Dowd’s dismantling of (whatever remains of) the mythologizing of Dylan as a hero for/of protest. There was a moment in time when Dylan was hero for protest, but that time has passed mantle...

  • Write Like Shakespeare

    This is Twilight, for poets. It’s not designed to fly over your head; it’s designed as to shoot straight to your heart.

  • Write Like David Foster Wallace

      John Jeremiah Sullivan has written a beautiful, beautiful piece about David Foster Wallace in GQ. It isn’t easy to write about Wallace; how Sullivan chooses to do it is illuminating. One hard part is writing...

  • Write Like The New Yorker’s Rick Hertzberg

    Hertzberg wrote one of the simplest, and most elegant, blog posts (this form truly needs a new descriptive terminology) in response to President Obama’s speech on Libya. It was concise. It was humble. It was...

  • Write Like: A Poetry Critic, The New York Times's David Orr

    Orr’s piece in the New York Times Book Review on an O magazine photo shoot with young poets is a perfect example of how to write about something you know a lot about, when confronted with someone who may know...

  • The Paris Review Interview With Janet Malcolm

    Janet Malcolm is a careful writer. The new Paris Review has an interview with her. The Review still publishes the best interviews on code-cracking the art of writing. This exchange—which interviewer Katie Roiphe...

  • READING: Julian Barnes, Loss, and Literary Cliche

    Thinking about revolutions is inextricable from thinking about grief. We cannot know how many lives will be lost, but we know that those left behind will engage in personal and communal, grief. The “memoir of...

  • READING: Thomas Aquinas, and Tiger Mothers

    While reading about the relationship between Thomas Aquinas and insider trading allegations, it occurred to us that the evolution of thinking about any classic crime has an almost-classic arc: deplore; examine;...

  • WRITING: Poems About Power

    Between the WikiLeaks scandal and the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, Frederick Siedel's "Our Gods" is the perfect poem for our times.

  • A READING On Revolution: PRESIDENT KENNEDY’s FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS

    Amidst the radical change in the Middle East, JFK's first inaugural address remains a prescient reminder that our nation is founded upon the ideals of revolution and social progress. 

  • Who Needs Happy Endings?

    Joyce Carol Oates has written a beautiful book about grief following the loss of a spouse. As Oates is one of the most prolific American writers much has been written about it: comparing it to Joan Didion’s Year...

  • Why Didn’t J.D. Salinger Write More About War?

    It was an elegant accident of editorial timing: two major articles on post-traumatic stress (and the attendant increase in prescription pill use among members of our military), and a beautiful, heart-breaking book...

  • Why Does Scientology Make Us So Upset?

    If you only read one piece about Scientology, make it Lawrence Wright’s in this week’s New Yorker. Wright’s book The Looming Tower told the story of how we arrived at 9/11, and won the Pulitzer Prize. His writing...

  • Remembering Rumsfeld’s Poetry

    Now we are hearing about the memoir. Now, just as we stand shocked and awed before another chaotic call for revolutionary change in leadership, a moment some have claimed confirm George W. Bush’s vision. What do...

  • Can Google Search Our Souls?

    “The future of search is verbs.” This is what Bill Gates told Esther Dyson over dinner, and what Esther Dyson told us at Big Think’s Google v. Bing/Farsight 2011: Beyond the Searchbox event today in California....

  • Davos, The Death of Networking?

    The Tiger Mom went to Davos; of course she did. And what did she say? And why do we care? Has her Battle Hymn hit a tipping point, and will future historians consider its tipping point finely aligned with the...

  • Has Facebook Killed Sentence Structure?

    Is evidence of shorter sentences—or no sentences at all—evidence of shallower emotions? “A kind of death of the sentence by collective neglect,” is how Adam Haslett puts it.

  • Happiness Via Facebook, Faith or—Aspen?

    If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, would he be counseling us on how to find happiness, or would he merely be setting an example of how to produce it in others? One aspect of King’s genius was making...

  • Is Obama Lincoln?

    In a post on the New York Review of Books website, historian Garry Wills again compared Obama to Abraham Lincoln, a comparison uniquely compelling when assessed by Wills, our most interesting mind on the first...

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