Articles of Note

David Foster Wallace dissected the chauvinism of writers like John Updike: “Just a penis with a thesaurus.” Yet Wallace is central to the pretensions of Updike's heirs... more »

New Books

Think James Wood is too literary, too devoted to intellect? Then consider his use of the word “life,” and the primacy he gives to physical existence... more »

Essays & Opinions

Poems don't exist to be analyzed. They exist because they are useful in some basic way, says Dana Gioia. "Poetry gave humanity the words to get through life."... more »