Fiction

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Anne Enright's new novel suggests something simple—family, for good or ill, keeps forming us even when we try to escape it—but her prose constantly surprises.

'James Merrill: Life and Art'

Langdon Hammer's biography of poet and writer James Merrill is "wholly definitive" in scope, and threaded throughout with Merrill’s brilliant, always enlivening wit.

The Republic of Imagination

Iranian author Azar Nafiri defends the value of canonical American literature—its imagination and humanity—against Common Core, market analyses, and Babbitt.

An Interview with Kirstin Valdez Quade

The award-winning author of the story collection 'Night at the Fiestas' talks about her influences, the importance of empathy in fiction, and washing altar cloths.

Moral Agents

Mailer, Trilling, Macdonald, Kazin, Maxwell, Bellow, Auden, O'Hara—men with public moral concerns, who seized power to shape American literature. But who were they?

There's Something I Want You to Do: Stories

Baxter reads fiction to “see bad stuff happening.” He writes characters who get into serious trouble, and face their own "human wreckage" at someone else's request.

Diary of the Fall

Through the eyes of a middle-aged alcoholic grandson of an Auschwitz survivor, Michel Raub's fifth novel contemplates the infinite ways humans torment each other.

Fiction | You Will Be Missed

What kind of people don’t see their only sibling for years, then show up at her husband’s funeral? What kind of Irish joke are you?

The Liar's Wife

Mary Gordon's latest collection of short fiction succeeds in showing that certain lies, by a kind of alchemy, can teach us the truth.

Fiction | Exhibit A

By day thirty-seven, he’d broken dozens of rules, so what was one more?

Paul Rosenfeld: Prompter of Fiction

On a night in November 1913, between 42nd and 43rd streets in New York, Paul Rosenfeld, then a young man recently out of Yale and waiting for a job to open up on...

An Interview with Christian Wiman

The poet discusses "accidental theologies," Gerard Manley Hopkins, faith in literature, and what it's like no longer being the editor of Poetry magazine.
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The Republic of Imagination

May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Moral Agents

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Diary of the Fall

March 5, 2015 | 0 comments

The Liar's Wife

October 30, 2014 | 0 comments