Criticism

Books

Life in the Algorithm

It has reshaped culture—but how? Two new books reckon with our digital predicament.
Anna Shechtman

The Legacy of Sonic Youth

How the band reached beyond music to define a scene
Michael Azerrad

Lou Reed Didn’t Want to Be King

A new biography tries to pin the rocker down
Hannah Gold

How Emily Wilson Reimagined Homer

Her boldly innovative translation of the Iliad is an epic for our time
Emily Greenwood

Revisiting Andrew Holleran's Dancer from the Dance

The novel that introduced a new post-Stonewall gay sensibility
Garth Greenwell

Streaming the Polycrisis

Why have TV miniseries about catastrophe become all the rage?
Adam Fales

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Criticism

Scene from movie, The Post. Meryl Streep looks at Tom Hanks.
Film

Her Guy Bradlee

A review of Steven Spielberg's The Post
Charles Taylor
April 1, 2018
Musician Peter Doherty
Music

Musician Peter Doherty

From The Libertines to Babyshambles to solo artist
R. Clifton Spargo
April 1, 2018
The writer Thomas Pierce and the cover of his book The Afterlives.

The Afterlives

A review of Thomas Pierce's first novel.
David Galef
April 1, 2018
Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Miller Oberman

The Poetry of Annemarie Ní Churreáin and Miller Oberman

Their shared preoccupation with the body
Danielle Chapman
April 1, 2018
pastoral scene with sheep

Ashbery’s Pastoral Art

Echoes of an older age
Giulio J. Pertile
November 1, 2017
A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram
Books

On Claire Messud

Fiction in review
Marta Figlerowicz
November 1, 2017
Detail from cover of Bidart's book; classical statue of Perseus holding Medusa's head.
Books

On Frank Bidart

Poetry in review
Christopher Spaide
November 1, 2017
Exterior view of Metropolitan Opera
Music

The Metropolitan Opera’s Fiftieth Anniversary

Recordings in review
Dewey Faulkner
November 1, 2017

Charles Simic

Stephen Yenser
April 1, 2002
A portrait of James Ellroy
Recordings

Recordings in Review: James Ellroy

James Ellroy
April 1, 1997