Articles by Michael Bourne
April 29, 2011
The crisis Franzen described 15 years ago this month would seem doubly urgent for today’s young writers, yet twentysomethings are entering the literary arena in droves. The question’s not “Why Bother?” but “What gives?”
April 13, 2011
Let’s just get this out of the way up front: Téa Obreht is the real deal.
March 21, 2011
When the Flower Children finished sitting in and singing mean songs about the president, most cut their hair and found jobs. But not Raoul Duke.
March 10, 2011
Reading the “campus in crisis” study Academically Adrift is like being harangued over Thanksgiving dinner by your grumpy Uncle Fred. But just because he’s a long-winded old fogey doesn’t mean Uncle Fred is wrong.
February 11, 2011
Amy Chua has produced a treatise on authoritarian vs. democratic political systems cleverly disguised as a parenting memoir.