William Deresiewicz, a Nation contributing writer, is the author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, just out in paperback.
Why the commentariat's response to hand-wringing about "the decline of reading" condescends to the large mass of nonspecialist readers.
Marilynne Robinson's new novel explores faith, loneliness and the national passion play of race.
Salman Rushdie probes the limits of the imagination to produce his most coherent and readable novel.
Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig saw himself as a Freud of fiction--a fellow spelunker in the caverns of the heart.
Why is the intellectual agenda of English departments being set by teenagers?
J.M. Coetzee, now out with a new novel and a collection of essays, reminds us what a master he is at turning life into narrative.
Junot Díaz's masterful new novel maps the ambiguities in the modern immigrant experience in America.
Two new novels, by Michael Chabon and Nathan Englander, recharge the modern Jewish experience with a sense of the exotic.
Clive James's erudite new collection of essays celebrates the best of twentieth-century art, thought and politics.
In a book-length essay on the novel, Milan Kundera foresees the curtain of literary history drawing to a close.