The best way to ensure the future of literary criticism is to address the problem of economic inequality.
What happens within the precincts of the bourgeois academy stays there.
We’re still here 525 years later, waiting for different answers.
March 9, 2015
I want to say that this issue of our magazine feels to me like a real event—one of our deepest efforts to be equal to our time.
May 13, 2014
A gazette revival
On Monday, May 5, Occupy Wall Street protester Cecily McMillan was found guilty of assaulting NYPD Officer Grantley Bovell at the OWS anniversary protest on March 17, 2012. She now faces two to seven years in prison, with the possibility of probation. To tell McMillan’s story and assess its consequences, a group of editors revived the Occupy! gazette in anticipation of her May 19 sentencing. Our hope is to enter into evidence what the court ignored.
January 13, 2014
It’s unlikely that I will drop n+1, but I was concerned when suddenly fiction started to flood another magazine I enjoy.
January 9, 2014
Let me say it again: the kind of diversity I wanted him to address but didn’t find in his book is economic diversity.
August 23, 2013
If we can’t agree that Ondaatje is a terrible writer, we may, in fact, have to go our separate ways.
May 17, 2013
What a world my Coursera course on Coursera will open up to your students!
February 9, 2012
Mainly I am writing as an appeal to conscience. Your conscience, since clearly you are a sincere and well-meaning person.
September 8, 2011
Although a significant portion of Scholz’s letter is framed as a defense of him, I had nothing at all to say about Hegel.
September 7, 2011
If n+1 really wishes to go beyond the postmodern playfulness so typical of our age, a different strategy is necessary.
June 20, 2011
Ross was a contradictory, complicated figure who was much more than simply the gumshoe gringo reporter.
May 11, 2010
Not every game is art. Not even most games are art.
December 4, 2009
Ms. Gould well knows that I’m not the “corduroyed fattish academic” to whom she likens me in the opening of her article.
October 16, 2009
Marriage is indifference to handcuffs. There are always opportunities to escape.
February 12, 2009
Certainly his arrest adds to his credibility as a street artist engaged in a radical art practice.
February 5, 2009
We agree that there was no partnership of any sort between the National Book Critics Circle and the Amazon.com contest.
December 3, 2008
In the new passport, pages 14 and 15 have a photo of Mount Rushmore. Pages 16 and 17 have an image of a steamboat.
December 13, 2006
Since the cause is just, it’s a shame that it’s tainted by the moral strong-arming of “because it’s the right thing.”
November 16, 2006
Through gentrification, the neighborhood is “saved” only insofar as its architecture remains.
July 7, 2005
Although some of the things we’re going through can’t be put into words, it would still be good to talk, in person.
October 20, 2004
No more electoral college; no more red, blue, swing; no more U.S.A. . . this thing isn’t working.
September 20, 2004
To borrow Wilde’s phrasing once more: at one time we wealthy had the rack, and now we have the press.