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December 29, 2015
December 29, 1922: William Gaddis Is Born
lacks, like all claustrophobic works of art, is imagination.”
October 8, 2015
Jonathan Franzen Withdraws
Why are the agonized liberals in
so skeptical of political conviction?
October 3, 2015
October 3, 1925: Gore Vidal Is Born
“In hindsight, I can see that our ending was implicit in our beginning.”
September 24, 2015
Hear! Hear! George Scialabba
A gathering of luminaries and friends—including artist Joseph Ciardiello, with this drawing—celebrated the essayist and critic on the day of his retirement.
September 10, 2015
The Flow of Life
Is Saul Bellow the central American novelist since Willa Cather and William Faulkner?
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September 2, 2015
September 2, 1973: J.R.R. Tolkien Dies
“One is puzzled to know why the author should have supposed he was writing for adults.… There is little in
The Lord of the Rings
over the head of a seven-year-old child.”
August 18, 2015
How a Harper Lee Novel Unfit to Print Was Turned Into Found Money
The decision to publish was purely a marketing decision. It turned out to be a shrewd one.
July 31, 2015
July 31, 1965: J.K. Rowling is Born
“As the rest of the wizarding world teeters on the brink of catastrophe, what Harry really wants to know is: Did Dumbledore love me or what?”
July 23, 2015
Farewell to Citizen Doctorow
The novelist’s many essays in
demonstrate his glittering style, eloquence, and firm moral vision.
June 30, 2015
June 30, 1936: Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone with the Wind’ Is Published
"Margaret Mitchell gives us our Civil War through Southern eyes exclusively, and no tolerant philosophy illumines the crimes of the invaders."