Culture & Religion

"There’s no point in going into a field like English literature unless you’re going to have fun with it."

Culture & Religion

The Harvard critic recalls feeling genuinely anxious about how things would turn out for the hero of "The Magic Mountain."

Politics & Current Affairs

Creative writing programs have left a dominant stamp on American literature in recent decades. The Harvard professor is glad they’re around.

Culture & Religion

Louis Menand recalls the most vehement reactions his essays have ever gotten—including one from a reader who didn’t realize Menand agreed with him.