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

Absolute Darkness

A curious disorientation
Lydia Davis

The Critic as Friend

The challenge of reading generously
Merve Emre

Louise Glück’s Late Style

The fabular turn in the poet’s last three books
Teju Cole

Jean Stein’s Rolodex

The legendary editor’s social genius
Benjamin Anastas



Tiger’s Eye Mala

The prayer beads that saw me through a feverish midlife crisis
Lauren Groff
May 22, 2024

Harold Cohen’s AARON

What a prescient work of computer art tells us about AI
Joanne McNeil
May 20, 2024

Paul Auster

Why the novelist’s brand of postmodern detective fiction still matters
Ben Libman
May 7, 2024

Yellow Band

A diagnosis alters a writer's relationship to his work
Steve Edwards
April 29, 2024

The Polycrisis

Why can’t we stop talking about nonmonogamy?
Brandy Jensen
April 24, 2024

Omega Constellation

Unwinding what I lost
Alexander Chee
April 10, 2024

When Metaphor Gets Literal

What my mother’s coma taught me about reading poems
Jennifer Grotz
April 3, 2024

Antique Medical Slides

Specimens of my past and future self
Leslie Jamison
March 20, 2024

Candy Darling’s “Newspaper” Centerfold

Encountering the infamous collage of a downtown legend
Lucy Sante
March 18, 2024

The Story Wars

The conflict between Red and Blue America is a clash of national mythologies
Richard Slotkin
March 11, 2024