Articles by Lisa Levy

October 10, 2012

Why Does Everyone Love It But Me? An Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn 16

For the record no serious critic goes into a job planning to do a takedown. All I heard about Mad Men was that it was great…I sat in my bedroom watching with a good friend of mine and we looked at each other after three episodes and I said, “The love is not happening.” Then it becomes interesting.

March 6, 2012

A New Salvation: Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists 1

A main tenet of de Botton’s thinking is that we should allow ourselves to be transported by secular art and culture, to be moved by it as wholly as religious people are by the Bible or the Koran.

November 11, 2011

The Pleasures and Perils of Rereading 31

Whether we go back again and again to a classic or pick up an old favorite to see how it has fared or dig deep into the treasures of our youth, rereading is an experiment that is bound to change us, and to change our impressions of the books we read.