Articles by Kevin Frazier

January 17, 2017

Gilmore Girls: The End of Good Faith 3

The Gilmore Girls revival is very much a show for our time. We’ve all sensed it, of course, these past few years: the feeling of disaster in the air, of violence and anger and a rampant, all-devouring bad faith.

June 17, 2013

A Virtuoso at Work: Joyce Carol Oates Turns 75 4

Joyce Carol Oates turned 75 years old yesterday, and she’s now writing some of the best fiction of her career. The Accursed is the Oates novel that best displays her range, her feel for the pressures we all exert on each other.

November 5, 2010

Bad Romance: Madame Bovary, Translated by Lydia Davis 8

Given Flaubert’s obsession with style and craft, any translation of Madame Bovary into English requires not merely competence but a touch of full-on windmill-charging madness.  Lydia Davis has this madness, tempered by a Flaubertian fastidiousness and dedication to language.  The results are exhilarating.

July 14, 2010

The Worth of the Wasted: Shakespeare and Bradley 8

A. C. Bradley is a better critic in full than he is in bits and pieces, and Shakespearean Tragedy continues to be an exciting book for anyone interested in literature.

April 20, 2010

Lionel Shriver: America’s Best Writer? 34

With her new novel, So Much for That, Lionel Shriver strengthens her already credible claim to the title of best living American writer. That’s okay. We were the same way with Faulkner and Poe. Nothing’s more American than not quite recognizing some of our most accomplished artists.

March 19, 2010

Nabokov’s Scraps: The Original of Laura 6

Dmitri Nabokov has taken some weirdly disproportionate hits for the aspect of the book that deserves the greatest praise.

January 14, 2010

The Marble Faun: Hawthorne Feeds on Shadows 1

Has there ever been another writer of dark, morbid, surrealistic fiction who is as warm and humane as Nathaniel Hawthorne?