Movies with My Mother—and James Agee

Nov 24, 2014

Essay by Marc Schiffman

I could still hear the movie voices circling at the bottom of the staircase like lost and scared children in a forest.

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Love and Lit in the Time of Acne

Apr 07, 2014

Theme Essay by Laurie Weisz

Not all critics rival Harold Bloom’s elephantine pomposity, but I’d rather read a book myself first.

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Who Cries for Critics Now?

Mar 31, 2014

Theme Essay by Emily Boghossian

We inherit our passions—perhaps from critics like Douglas Crimp, perhaps from professors like Ross.

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George Orwell’s Radiant Idleness

Mar 10, 2014

"My Favorite Critic" by Fred Setterberg

As a perennial book reviewer, he assailed 'the disgusting tripe' penned by book blurbers.

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Why Mainstream Critics Fail Writers of Color

Feb 24, 2014

Theme Essay by Aimee Phan

I’ve heard writers complain about editors passing on manuscripts because 'they already have a Korean book on their list.'

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Zadie Smith Talks About Death—Thank God

Feb 21, 2014

"My Favorite Critic" by Lorraine Berry

Smith makes criticism approachable, without dumbing it down.

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Don’t Kill the Critics

Feb 17, 2014

Editor’s Note by Martha Nichols

The old infrastructure for evaluating literature is crumbling beneath my feet, and not for the right reasons.

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"Wake up, New York Review of Boys!"

Feb 17, 2014

Theme Essay by Amy Hoffman

Suppressing women’s writing—which, make no mistake, is what our culture does—is suppressing our thought.

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Literary Criticism Is Dead

Feb 17, 2014

Theme Essay by Ron MacLean

The online reading public has made clear that it does not want tastemakers telling them what to like.

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How a Literary Critic Slapped Me Awake

Feb 14, 2014

"My Favorite Critic" by David Meischen

Leslie Fiedler took the blinders off me and said, 'Look, the myths we live by, our secret longings—the great books lay them bare.'

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