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Lee Siegel

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Lee Siegel

Book Critic

Lee Siegel is the author of four books, including, most recently, Are You Serious? How to Be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly.


News and Features

The esthetic of American social realism, especially when it was fueled by Marxist fires, may have had it right all along.

Death of a Salesman speaks to our time on the failure of competitive capitalism.

Jerome Charyn's Savage Shorthand: The Life and Death of Isaac
examines the life the revolutionary idealist murdered by
Stalin in 1940 and explodes the literary myths that have thus far
defined his works.


Camarillo, Calif.

Your October 3 cover almost made me feel sorry for George W.
Bush. Now cut that out!

It has almost become a sadness to review a novel by Salman Rushdie. Shalimar the Clown is no exception.

Sean Wilsey's new memoir is a vulnerable, aching, unresolved account of growing up rich amid San Francisco's high society.

Camile Paglia, pundit of poetry.

The world Saul Bellow made.

Saturday begins with its main character, Henry Perowne, getting out of bed because he's unable to sleep and going to stand by an open window.

If Herbert Marcuse and Senator Joseph McCarthy had gone to a movie together in the late 1950s--and that could only happen in a movie--they would have walked out, probably not together, and demand