Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography Of Alice B. Toklas

Gertrude Stein is a genius. She tells us so herself, almost from the opening page: “I may say that only three times in my life have I met a genius and each time a bell within me rang and I […]

John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was John le Carré’s third novel and his first major success, and even now, more than a half-century after its publication and the Cold War era it described, its powers of suspense […]

William Giraldi’s The Hero’s Body

Tucked away in a nondescript building, in an industrial park in East Rutherford, New Jersey, there is a gym famous the world over for transforming fledgling high school and college athletes into muscled monsters: hard-hitting batters or high-flying basketball players, […]

Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor Of All Maladies

How is this for a resume? Siddhartha Mukherjee has degrees from Oxford, Stanford and Harvard; won a Rhodes scholarship; teaches and does research at Columbia University; and won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2010 “biography” of cancer, The Emperor Of […]

Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman

Flann O’Brien was one of the pen names of Brian O’Nolan, an Irish civil servant whose job forbid him from publishing. It was a general rule, not in any way intended to single our poor Brian, but if his paymasters […]

Walter Jackson Bate’s Coleridge

Of all the Romantic poets, perhaps only the prophet William Blake achieved as much in a discipline outside of poetry as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, critic, and amateur theologian, and, like Blake, Coleridge found himself overshadowed in his own lifetime […]

D.H. Lawrence’s Selected Essays

Every writer and critic I have encountered has voiced a strong opinion – positive or negative – on D.H. Lawrence and his writings. I’m not aware of any author more widely praised and condemned in equal measure, and from both […]

Thomas Ligotti’s Songs Of A Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe

The Penguin Classics publishing house pulled American horror writer Thomas Ligotti from the relative obscurity of genre fiction two years ago, when they re-issued two of his short story collections, Songs of a Dead Dreamer (1986) and Grimscribe (1991), making him one of […]

Jordan Peterson’s Maps Of Meaning

A little over a year ago, Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology and clinical psychologist, emerged from relative obscurity thanks to a video he posted on his personal YouTube channel, contesting the adoption of Bill C-16 in Canada, which was […]

Anne Applebaum’s Gulag: A History

Of the two great totalitarian ideologies that dominated the 20th century and were directly responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people, communism has received far less attention and condemnation than fascism. It is still possible to march […]