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"This is a book written in the presence of music." So begins Geoffrey
O'Brien's sprawling memoir-cum-critical essay, and the reader is tempted
to ask: What book isn't?

Generations of Yale students share stories about special moments in Vincent Scully's courses on art and architecture.

John Berger, best known for the essay collection Ways of Seeing, is
not a timid writer. His oeuvre comprises novels, poems, criticism and
plays.

After his death in 1975 at the age of 70, Lionel Trilling underwent
something of an eclipse.

To my distress and perhaps to my delight, I order things in accordance with my passions.... I put in my pictures everything I like.

Has anyone read John Dennis? Irving Babbitt? Gorham Munson? Probably not, though they were considered important critics in their day.

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The new political correctness is real, even if it isn’t always wrong.

January 29, 2015

“Stone may leave the country,” the late essayist wrote of the late novelist, &ldquot;but it’s America confounded that he finds wherever he goes.”

January 14, 2015

“How can I have seemed so settled in my opinions? So smug in my attitudes?”

September 24, 2014

“Have you a city that smells worse than Akron?”

July 11, 2014

Meditations on writers’ conferences, Schlesinger Jr. on America, an Auden poem.

May 15, 2014