David Mikics is the author, most recently, of Stanley Kubrick (Yale Jewish Lives). He lives in Brooklyn and Houston, where he is John and Rebecca Moores Professor of English at the University of Houston.
Why our greatest writers found their inspiration in misery and failure
The second in a four-part investigation of our national literature
The first in a four-part excavation of our national literature
Laura Kipnis’ new book takes on the complexities of companionship in the COVID age
Joel Coen’s new film is a surprising capstone to the brothers’ razor-sharp oeuvre
Captain Alfred Dreyfus would have been 162 years old today. His legacy on the left is dying, while the malice that targeted him is alive and well.
Dara Horn’s fierce and often hilarious new collection of essays gives hope and backbone to the living
Individual and group differences are real. So is inequality. The contrarian Black intellectual Thomas Sowell, who turns 91 today, showed us the way to understand and to remedy both.
Communists and fascists are very often the same unpleasant people, wrote Thomas Mann—literary champion of the German bourgeois. He was right.
The critic’s American intellectual history, ‘The Free World,’ spurns strong convictions for meandering cocktail party chatter
Wendy Lower’s ‘The Ravine’ looks at a photograph that many refuse to face
A brilliant and charming new collection of essays, ‘Homo Irrealis,’ starts in Egypt, travels to Rome, and ends on the other side of an Eric Rohmer film, by way of Billy Wilder, Fernando Pessoa, and W.G. Sebald
‘The New York Times’ and the creepy personal and ideological logic of public confessions
An exchange about the survivor and psychotherapist—and the ‘lessons’ of the Holocaust
‘Wagnerism,’ Alex Ross’ new work of cultural history, shows how Richard Wagner has been a flashpoint for arguments about decadence, nationalism, sexual revolution, and fascism—and anti-Semitism
The author of the strangely misleading ‘Man’s Search for Meaning,’ repackaged as a psychotropic New Age guru, in the newly translated ‘Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything’
An excerpt from ‘Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker’: Dreaming, With ‘Eyes Wide Shut’
Ariel Sabar, in ‘Veritas,’ turns the true story of an academic con into a gripping thriller starring an overzealous feminist history prof, a wily forger, and Jesus’ wife