William Deresiewicz is a Nation contributing writer whose Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life is forthcoming in August from the Free Press.
In Javier Marías's trilogy Your Face Tomorrow, the self is composed of borrowed languages and an uncertain voice.
The axis of moral struggle, a stroke of salvation--these are the spiritual dimensions of Tolstoy's late fiction.
Will narrowed on a single object and fixed in the face of adversity--such is the recurring story of Gabriel García Márquez's work and life.
If art is a product of the mind, and the mind a product of evolution, is art a product of evolution?