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Articles by Nicholas Nardini

We Must Worship

September 1st, 2012

The first biography of David Foster Wallace is out and it’s hardly the sort of book he himself would have written — or read. Might this be for the best?

The Tigers of Wrath

March 1st, 2012

Where would Lionel Trilling, godfather of the liberal imagination, fit into our contemporary culture of ideas? And how much of that culture is of his making?

Devil Twins

January 1st, 2012

Is Don DeLillo’s short game as good as his long? Is it better? His first collection of short fiction — or is it his first? — offers occasion to take the much-lauded writer’s measure.

Metaphor Machine, Manufacture and Maintenance

August 1st, 2011

Critics were often baffled by Ray Bradbury in his heyday, and biographers have been equally baffled ever since, but the quest goes on to understand the man who did as much as anybody to give science fiction the shape it has today.