The Phantom of Constancy

The Phantom of Constancy

The 1930 novel Rapture, by the Russian avant-garde artist Iliazd, is a fast-paced, darkly funny spin on the adventure genre.

The Most Happy

The Most Happy

As she did with Katherine of Aragon, Alison Weir gives Anne Boleyn the saintly treatment in her new novel. But does Anne, like Katherine, deserve it?

Good Grief: In Memory of Denis Johnson

Good Grief: In Memory of Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson died last month, but we have his ten novels and his legacy: the inclination to see the great beauty only afforded by the stripping away of joy.

Falling into the Future: An Interview with Paula Bomer

Falling into the Future: An Interview with Paula Bomer

Steve Danziger interviews Paula Bomer about her new collection of essays, Mysteries and Mortality, and much more besides.

An “Untold” Story?

An “Untold” Story?

Unlike Jean Rhys, Sarah Shoemaker tells Mr. Rochester’s side of Jane Eyre with respect and fidelity to Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece. But is that the problem?

Change Your Direction

Change Your Direction

A lively memoir shows there’s much more to learning a language than conjugating irregular verbs.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

An innovative new book on Lewis Carroll and space avoids spoiling the fun by explaining everything too literally, but still offers new insights on his playful oeuvre.

It’s a Mystery: “What better place than a funeral for a study in human nature”

It’s a Mystery: “What better place than a funeral for a study in human nature”

June brings a deliciously devious, dark take on vintage English crime fiction, and the return of a charismatic antihero searching for redemption.

From the Archives: Sermons from the Ivory Tower

From the Archives: Sermons from the Ivory Tower

A thoughtful exploration of what it means to teach the humanities would be a welcome intervention in the never-ending talk of crisis. Unfortunately, Why Teach? is not that book.

From the Archives: Oh, the futility! Adapting Jane Eyre

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Its early readers found the novel shocking, unfeminine, un-Christian, revolutionary. So why are film adaptations of Jane Eyre so studiously inoffensive?

From the Archives: Dreaming Different Dreams

From the Archives: Dreaming Different Dreams

The Russian dissident writers are largely unknown in the West today, but their work was an inspiration at a time when their compatriots were forbidden to dream different dreams.

From the Archives: This Book Will Shoot You

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Shifting from a Vietnam epic, newly-minted National Book Award winner Denis Johnson goes noir in Nobody Move; John Matthew Fox leads us down these new mean streets.