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Articles by Daniel Green


May 1st, 2016

The intense problematics of Don DeLillo’s literary preoccupations are on full display in his latest, Zero K. Dan Green explores the legacy of an author’s postmodernism.

Knowledge of the Life

September 1st, 2015
Knowledge of the Life

What are literary biographies good for, anyway? Do they provide insight into the work or just tittle-tattle about the life? Scott Donaldson’s The Impossible Craft offers a brief on this endlessly alluring genre.

John Domini’s Transformations

October 1st, 2014
John Domini’s Transformations

With literary criticism disappearing as a popular artform, we increasingly look to the book reviewer to do the critic’s work. A new collection by John Domini offers an example of reviews that transcend their form to provide analysis alongside mere evaluation.

No Picnic

January 1st, 2014
No Picnic

To literary scholar Laura Frost, the great 20th century modernists created readerly pleasures not through familiar comforts but by transforming difficulty and strangeness into something exciting and new. Daniel Green tests the theory.

Claiming the Future

October 1st, 2012
Claiming the Future

Julio Cortázar and Gabriel Garcia Marquez brought Latin American fiction to the attention of the world. Now a young crop of writers are trying to move beyond magical realism–a new anthology charts the diverse approaches.

Acts of Rendition

March 1st, 2012

Richard Poirier was one of the great bridge-builders–his sorely neglected classic A World Elsewhere drew upon the writing of Emerson but presciently anticipated the postmodernist ideas that would soon enter the mainstream.

Strange Silence

April 1st, 2011

Stanley Elkin’s fiction is marked by verbal wizardry and a searing comic vision; does a new biography do justice to his underappreciated artistry?

Life on the Page

August 1st, 2008

He’s the world’s most highly-regarded critic, and in How Fiction Works James Wood doesn’t stop at simply describing what’s in good novels but prescribes how they ought to be written. Daniel Green tells us how the fiction that James Wood really, really likes works.