For the critic John Leonard, “books are where we go alone to complicate ourselves.”
An essay for "America: Now and Here."
Just as Moby-Dick was too much for Ahab, our new century may be too difficult for us to comprehend.
Ronald Reagan was born in 1911 in rural Illinois.
Fundamentalists are offended when there is no officially sanctioned path to salvation.
This essay is excerpted from E.L. Doctorow's new book, Reporting
the Universe (Harvard).