Criticism

Criticism

It Me

The trouble with memes
Marta Figlerowicz
Corgi jumping from floating dock into water after a tennis ball with great abandon
Books

Olga Tokarczuk’s Radical Tenderness

Reading the Nobel Laureate
Marek Makowski

Books

The Unthinkable

How do you put into words the boundless pain of losing a child?
David L. Ulin

Books

Tove Jansson’s Genius

The radical imagination that built the visionary world of the Moomins
Evan James
Books

Incalculable Loss

How writing can help make sense of grief
Christopher Spaide
New York Times Cover reading "US Deaths near 100,000, an incalculable loss
Television

Act Your Age

Swapping bodies, swapping ages, and re-inventing youth
Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey
Still from Pen15, a television show

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Criticism

Abstract ornamental pattern
Books

On Long Poems

Four recent books make length a virtue
Stephanie Burt
April 1, 2020
Susan Sontag, New York, February 2, 1978. Photograph by Richard Avedon. ©The Richard Avedon Foundation.
Books

Furious Permissions

For Susan Sontag, style was nourishment
Brian Dillon
January 1, 2020
Two Black Americans
Art

San Francisco, 1956

A photograph and its afterlife
Jim Lewis
January 1, 2020
Dark monsters
Books

Styles of Radical Illness

Anne Boyer diagnoses the lies we still tell about cancer
Laura Kolbe
January 1, 2020
Photo of Robert Lowell
Books

The Dolphin Letters

Revisiting Robert Lowell’s infamous book
Dan Chiasson
January 1, 2020
Group of people on stage in dim light
Music

From Films to Operas

New interpretations of It's a Wonderful Life, The Exterminating Angel, and more
Dewey Faulkner
July 1, 2019
A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram
Criticism

In the Time That Remains

Reflections on the poetry of Derek Mahon
Oana Sanziana Marian
July 1, 2019
A woman looks down mournfully in a still from the film Roma.
Film

On "Roma"

A review of Alfonso Cuarón's film
Charles Taylor
July 1, 2019
Illustration with three black and white photos of men and a box holding a pasture with running horses
Criticism

One Man’s Modernism

J. R. R. Tolkien
James Trilling
July 1, 2019
An image of the book cover Anniversaries by Uwe Johnson.
Books

The Fiction of Uwe Johnson

A review of Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl
Marta Figlerowicz
July 1, 2019