William Deresiewicz is a Nation contributing writer and the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, now out in paperback.
Drollery, mordancy, tenderness and soul talk: Saul Bellow's letters are a Saul Bellow novel!
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?