Articles of Note

Joyce Carol Oates and the war against literary pieties. Novels should have “symmetry, unity of tone, precision” the thinking went. She is having none of that... more »

New Books

How to be alone. Solitude is not about alienation, isolation, or even physical surroundings. It's a state of mind... more »

Essays & Opinions

Do theoretical asides — like those in The Magic Mountain — happen on the level of plot? The novel of ideas is full of such riddles... more »