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A History of Violence

February 1st, 2016
A History of Violence

When watching a Quentin Tarantino film, critic Max Ross contends, you can never forget you’re watching a Quentin Tarantino flim. But is that a strength or a weakness of his latest, The Hateful Eight?

Snobs of Extraordinary Ability

May 1st, 2013
Snobs of Extraordinary Ability

In Andre Aciman’s latest novel, a man recalls his time as a graduate student at Harvard, revisiting the early days of a long-estranged friendship.


November 1st, 2012

The fairy tale has been through several metamorphoses; the next might result in its extinction. Max Ross reviews Jack Zipes’s cultural history of the genre.

From the Archives: A Voyeur in the Archives

September 1st, 2012

“Ellis, Leyner, Leavitt, Franzen, Powers…their fictions reduce to complaints and self-pity. Dostoevski has balls.” This and other gleanings from a trip to the David Foster Wallace archives.

Facts, And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them

May 1st, 2012

Art, Truth, Data, Sex, and Facebook–rabble-roused by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal’s The Lifespan of a Fact, Max Ross connects them in a key to all nonfiction aesthetics


August 1st, 2010

Alberto Manguel’s library of 30,000 books is his Holy of Holies, and his new essay collection is a spiritual (and at times gnomic) journey through its most sacred texts