Essays

The Critic as Friend

The challenge of reading generously
Merve Emre

A Reviewer’s Life

The material constraints of writing criticism today
Christine Smallwood

Palestinian Solidarity, Then and Now

The power of encampment as a form of protest
Feisal G. Mohamed

Tribute

Paul Auster

Why the novelist’s brand of postmodern detective fiction still matters
Ben Libman

Critical Navel-Gazing

If criticism is in crisis, it’s not the critic’s problem
Namwali Serpell

I, Too, Am John Clare

Becoming a different kind of postcolonial writer
Amit Chaudhuri

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Essays

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“The Lonely Hearts Killer,” 1957-1958

Notes on a killing
Harold Schechter
March 18, 2019
Northern lights in blue and red on black sky

How After the Quake You Returned to What Was Lost

A brief moment
Éireann Lorsung
March 11, 2019
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The “American Tragedy” Murder, 1906

Notes on a killing
Harold Schechter
March 4, 2019
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Ode to my Father’s Boots

On aging
Cornelius Eady
February 28, 2019
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The “Sausage Vat Murder,” 1897

Notes on a killing
Harold Schechter
February 18, 2019
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Philip Roth, Landlord

A literary rentier
Terena Elizabeth Bell
February 4, 2019
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What Is An Emergency?

On the southern border
Feisal G. Mohamed
January 14, 2019
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Natural and Spiritual Freedom

Martin Hägglund
January 1, 2019
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Prison Term

Peter Brooks
January 1, 2019
Early 20th-c painting of naked white person of uncertain gender with mid-length hair on a swing in front of a castle/clouds

Still, Image

Excerpts from In Remembrance of Things Past
Gerard Malanga
January 1, 2019