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Articles by Laura Kolbe

A Crucible of the Human Spirit Guy

October 1st, 2011

Ben Lerner’s arresting first novel sets a funhouse mirror before the author’s own formative years as a poet, poseur, and pill-popper in Madrid.

A Jester During the Third Reich

August 1st, 2011

Irmgard Keun depicted exceptionally naive women and seemed even to play the the role herself, even suing The Gestapo for banning her books. But was there a strategy behind playing dumb?

Through the Keyhole

March 1st, 2010

Mikhail Chekhov’s Anton Chekhov: A Brother’s Memoir has at last been published in English in its entirety, and its flaws and omissions make it almost as revealing as one of Anton’s own stories.

Have You Seene Me?

December 1st, 2009

As Laura Kolbe shows, A New Literary History of America throws every word of its own title into question—and that’s not the most exciting part of Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors’ immense anthology


October 1st, 2009

In our second annual Fiction Bestseller List feature, our writers temporarily put aside their dogeared copies of Hume and Mann, roll up their sleeves, and dig into the ten bestselling novels in the land as of September 6, 2009 – in the tranquil days before a certain Dan Brown novel began tromping all over that list like Godzilla in downtown Tokyo. Before you spend your hard-earned money at the bookstore, join us in a tour of the way we read now.