Reviews & Essays

Known and Strange Things

ESSAYS

Known and Strange Things

Reviewed by Walton Muyumba ×

In his essays, the celebrated author of "Open City" and "Every Day is for the Thief" knits together a global skein of struggles and ideas. Review by Walton Muyumba.
Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel

Reviewed by Anna Mundow ×

Child prodigy, Anglican cleric, quotable wit, corrosive satirist -- Jonathan Swift's genius remains hard to pin down. Review by Anna Mundow.
A Letter from the Bottom of the World: On Robert Lowell, Poetry and Madness

ARTISTS

A Letter from the Bottom of the World: On Robert Lowell, Poetry and Madness

By Troy Jollimore ×

The work of Robert Lowell has always been colored by his legendary bouts with mental illness. Now, Kay Renfield Jamison's "Setting the River on Fire" looks at the intersection of poetry and...
A Brush with the Past: Artists in Fiction

FICTION

A Brush with the Past: Artists in Fiction

Essay by Heller McAlpin ×

In these novels, every picture tells a story. Essay by Heller McAlpin.
Minnows

MUSIC

Minnows

By Marcia Butler ×

In an excerpt from her new memoir "The Skin Above My Knee," oboist Marcia Butler reveals the collective mind of the orchestra at work.
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

cultural history

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

Reviewed by Tom Carson ×

One of the most iconic American films may be most significant, writes Glenn Frankel, for the story of the politics behind its creation. Review by Tom Carson.
Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

BEYOND CATEGORY

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

How one new arrival to Manhattan fell in love both with its nocturnal charms and one of its most distinguished residents. Review by Peter Lewis.
Refinery Town

BUSINESS

Refinery Town

Reviewed by Peter Lewis ×

A look at the impact of the petroleum industry on one American city yields a portrait of a community struggling to put its future in the hands of its residents. Review by Peter Lewis.
True Stories and Lying Artifacts

ESSAYS

True Stories and Lying Artifacts

Essay by David L. Ulin ×

In an era in which questions of truthfulness take on political overtones, two writers explore the treacherous literary terrain between fact and fiction. Essay by David L. Ulin.
The Unsettlers

ENVIRONMENTALISM

The Unsettlers

Reviewed by Barbara Spindel ×

Mark Sundeen follows the trails of couples who headed off the grid and back to the land in search of a better America. Review by Barbara Spindel.
The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

MEMOIR

The Girl from the Metropol Hotel

Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger ×

The terrible privations of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's Soviet-era childhood were later sublimated into magical fiction. They had to be survived first. Review by Liesl Schillinger.
History of Wolves

FICTION

History of Wolves

Posted by Anna Mundow ×

In Emily Fridlund's novel, the cold of a Minnesota town is more than metaphorical. Review by Anna Mundow.