Books September 2001
Gulliver among swans
Features December 1999
Was World War I necessary?
Upon the publication of The First World War by John Keegan & The Pity of War by Niall Ferguson.
Features September 1996
The drawing room comedy of Iris Murdoch
On the author’s work & a new novel, Jackson’s Dilemma.
Features September 1991
Literary life in the 1990s
On writers and readers in an “Age of Sensitivity.”
Features November 1990
Selling Henry James
On teaching James to undergraduates at Northwestern University.
Features September 1989
“An aristocrat in the public square”: José Ortega y Gasset
On Ortega’s career.
Features September 1988
The canon under siege
On the politicization of literature in the academy.
Features January 1988
Special effects, special pleading
On Beloved & earlier novels by Toni Morrison.
Features January 1986
The ambiguities of Milan Kundera
On Milan Kundera's novels and beliefs.