Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter Of Maladies

I found Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut collection of short stories, Interpreter Of Maladies, tucked between young adult books at a local used book sale. I did not know it had won the Pulitzer Prize until I saw the badging on the front […]

W.B. Yeats’ Collected Poems

Few 20th century writers are as secure in their stature as William Butler Yeats, but his reputation has tended to rest on the sum total of his work; unlike Joyce or Eliot or Proust, Yeats has no single work to serve as his […]

Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast

Paris is, by popular consensus, the world’s most romantic city. And though it already held that title when Ernest Hemingway arrived there in 1921, in his early 20s, it had never before attracted so many talented foreign writers. The short list includes […]

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle (Book Three)

In Kafka’s famous letter to his father, published after Kafka’s death and against his wishes, one line in particular perfectly encapsulates the essential qualities of an abusive father-son relationship: “For me you took on the enigmatic quality that all tyrants […]

David Remnick’s Lenin’s Tomb

Consider these two momentous events, both occurring in 2016: the rise of Bernie Sanders, who defied the odds to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination – and in the process demonstrated the massive leftward shift of that party’s electorate […]

Thomas Sowell’s Wealth, Poverty And Politics

Some of my most vivid childhood memories involve traveling through countries such as Egypt and Turkey and witnessing a world wholly foreign to my own, a world where children begged in the streets and tourists supplied their own bottled water […]

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle (Book Two)

More than two years have passed since I read Book One of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume memoir My Struggle, and now, having just finished Book Two, subtitled “A Man In Love,” I don’t know why I allowed such a wide […]

Michael Oakeshott’s Rationalism In Politics

I came to Michael Oakeshott by way of Ross Douthat, the New York Times’ resident conservative writer, whose blog I admire and read regularly. The overwhelming reaction, of friends and family, upon learning that I have been reading Oakeshott, has been […]

John O’Hara’s Appointment In Samarra

John O’Hara wrote Appointment In Samarra, his first novel, when he was my age now, 28 years old, completing it in a few short months, and though he would go on to be a prolific novelist and short story writer […]

Dylan Thomas’ Collected Poems

I had not realized, before I started research for this blog post, the extent to which Dylan Thomas influenced modern rock music. A longstanding rumour, both supported and denied by Bob Dylan, has it that the rocker took his adopted […]