Articles by Christian Kriticos
January 6, 2017
What Joyce presents us with in “The Dead” is a true, unidealized epiphany. In the real world epiphanies are hard — we do not have literal ghosts and angels to gently guide us towards them. And that is why Joyce’s story is the perfect coda for the holiday season.
December 29, 2016
I learned more from Isaacson’s biography than I have from a single book in a long time.
September 8, 2016
One gets the sense that it was inevitable that Roald Dahl would become a great writer.
August 31, 2016
In our current age, in which every refresh of the Web browser brings a new story of tragedy, to be forgotten as quickly as it appeared, it seems that Hiroshima is as relevant as ever. Drone warfare is now a simple fact of life, and the nuclear threat still very much exists.
April 5, 2016
The Story of Kullervo, the first known prose work by Tolkien, is to be published this week in the United States, offering fans of Middle Earth a chance to read what may be one of the earliest sources for Tolkien’s quintessential literary fantasy realm.
February 29, 2016
You mistreat animals, you eventually will mistreat human beings. If you’re casual to animal life you will eventually be casual to human life.
June 11, 2015
The story remains something of a baffling enigma: branded as unreadable by critics, and never republished, only the most dedicated Salinger devotees bother to track it down and slog through it.