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April 5, 2017

The Rise of the Sad Flâneur 6


At his most powerful, the Sad Flâneur lays bare the relationship between capitalism and depression.

March 30, 2017

Did Vladimir Nabokov Write the Great Refugee Novel? 3


During the first hundred pages, you might even assume that this is a comic novel. But as the tragedy of Pnin’s life unfolds, in flashbacks and reminiscences, the reader is shocked into a deeper awareness of the reality of the refugee’s life in exile.

March 29, 2017

Travesty and American Usage 9


The Unethical Appeal may be used to lie, rile, and show contempt for the very reaction it seeks. It longs to drink “Liberal tears.” Recent, though hardly unfamiliar, the Unethical Appeal is the primary rhetorical style of the new administration.

March 27, 2017

Escaping the Waste Land: On Flannery O’Connor and T.S. Eliot 10


Eliot delivers the ruins. O’Connor preserves them, navigates them, and then, inspired by Catholicism, discovers in them an original form of grace.

March 24, 2017

John Morris and His Astonishing Century 0


My inventory led to an unassailable conclusion: not all that much has changed in my lifetime, really, and certainly not in the fundamental ways my grandfather’s day-to-day life changed.

March 23, 2017

My Body Is Mine 0


When I started to dance again I insisted silently to myself it was just about the money, but the moment I stepped back in the club, the moment I slithered into my favorite piece of sheer pink lingerie, brushed black mascara onto my eyelashes, and slipped into my eight-inch platform shoes, I felt relieved. I felt home. I was addicted.

March 21, 2017

The Man Behind the Masks: On Nabokov’s Forewords 4


After all the humorous huffing and puffing, all the tricks and traps and underhand maneuvers on the author’s part, the forewords exist, after all, to locate the English-language versions of Nabokov’s books within the context of a person in exile.

March 20, 2017

Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost in Havana 0


In Havana, the spirit of Hemingway endures, much like the architecture of the city itself, a fading reminder of what was and what might have been.

March 16, 2017

American Contrasts: Poe and Emerson 1


The Transcendentalists wrote to bring light and hope to the world; Poe showed that light makes shadows.

March 15, 2017

Abortion and Fiction 2


God may have His opinions, but in literature — as in life — human judgment and stigma seem to prevail.