“What is the function of literary criticism in a Disinformation Age? Read, reread, describe, evaluate, appreciate: that is the art of literary criticism for the present time.” — Harold Bloom
I wanted to give my kids this gift of a book about them and for them.
Literary critic Harold Bloom passed away at the age of 89 two days ago; here’s an illuminating interview with Bloom from 2005.
No author has addressed the issue of sexual assault so much on her own terms, and in such a personal and powerful way.
This is a wonderfully readable book, sure-footed in its scholarship but hip and occasionally hilarious in its tone.
Steven Price creates a mid-twentieth century world that is filled with the same kind of conflicts that Lampedusa himself confronted in writing The Leopard, his great novel about nineteenth century Italy.
Will Birch’s biography Cruel to Be Kind effortlessly details the six decade career of rocker Nick Lowe.
In this remarkable and timely book, David Treuer is determined that Native American history not be seen as a “catalog of pain.”
Jean-Baptiste Del Amo has written a marvelous novel in the naturalistic mode that explores how the lives of humans and animals are both interdependent and in conflict — it is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
Reading The Sweetest Fruits is like looking at the back of an oriental rug in which the pattern is rather more indistinct than the front but the colors much richer and more vivid.