James Wood, the ferociously intelligent critic whose reviews appear
regularly in The New Republic and the London Review of
Books, has single-handedly done a great deal to improve
Editor's Note: With Leonard Kriegel's meditation on Saul Bellow's
1953 novel The Adventures of Augie March, we introduce a series
of occasional essays revisiting classic works of literature, history and
As the bombs cease falling on Baghdad, and the world argues over an
American presence in Iraq, the publication of Diana Abu-Jaber's funny,
thoughtful second novel, Crescent, seems uncann
THE QUALITY OF LIFE REPORT: A Novel.
By Meghan Daum.
Viking. 309 pp. $24.95.
Somewhere, and it's not in this new Everyman's Library edition, James M.
Cain betrayed a state secret when he said that "a writer can only write
two hours a day." The truth in this observation
This essay is excerpted from E.L. Doctorow's new book, Reporting
the Universe (Harvard).
Ever since Clark Kent first donned a pair of oversized glasses and,
somewhat improbably, hid his Superman persona from Lois Lane, questions
of identity have been a staple of the comic-book genr