Articles by Kevin Hartnett

May 5, 2014

Shakespeare’s Greatest Play? 5 Experts Share Their Opinions 16

William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday is upon us, and at The Millions we wanted to celebrate it in 21st century American style, by debating which of his 38 plays is the best.

April 10, 2014

Viral Video: The Most Famous 15-Year-Old Basketball Player in America 3

But Woods’s weight as prep basketball’s premier Internet phenomenon — and how dominant he looks in his highlights — might give a false impression of his chances at future success. It’s entirely possible Woods is at the height of his fame right now. I went to the Hammond School to see what that kind of uniquely modern sports celebrity felt like in person.

December 18, 2013

A Year in Reading: Kevin Hartnett 4

A friend told me he still considers it the finest fictional depiction of marriage he’s ever read. I agree.

October 14, 2013

Southern Myths and Yankee Murder in the Strangely Wonderful World of Pickett’s Charge 0

McNair is inventive, original, and has a particular talent for finding language that is surprising without being showy. But his real skill is his deep familiarity with the South as a place, it’s creatures, customs, and yearnings.

July 10, 2013

The Greatest American Novel? 9 Experts Share Their Opinions 97

When you set out to debate “the great American novel,” the stakes are high. We asked nine English scholars to choose one novel as the greatest our country has ever produced.

May 17, 2013

Judging Luhrmann’s Gatsby: Five English Scholars Weigh In 22

You might think that the people who know Fitzgerald’s novel best would have the most disapproving view of the movie. To test that hypothesis, we asked five English professors who specialize in American literature to take in an early showing and share their thoughts. And to our surprise, they liked it.

January 18, 2013

Letters in the Wind: A Writer’s Evolution 7

I realized that my writing at age 28 was a lot like my golf game as a teenager: a single gust of wind and it went to Hell.

August 2, 2012

Dickens’s Best Novel? Six Experts Share Their Opinions 29

What was Charles Dickens’s best novel? It depends whom you ask of course. Searching for clarity, I decided to pose the question to a handful of leading Victorianists. I sent out emails to select scholars asking them if they’d be interested in choosing a novel and making their case. Just about everyone I reached out to was game.

July 13, 2012

A Night at The Moth: The Worst Thing that Ever Happened to Me 8

Why it is that people gravitate to the most tragic or dramatic moments of their lives when given a chance to tell a story? There are, I think, two reasons.

April 23, 2012

Tolstoy or Dostoevsky? 8 Experts on Who’s Greater 57

All mediocre novelists are alike; every great novelist is great in his own way.