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.
Hunter S. Thompson’s classic ‘Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972’ demonstrates a human empathy and political savvy that today’s hack political propagandists lack
The story of the greatest, and maybe the drunkest, Jewish novelist you’ve never heard of
The most urgent writers of today are Ralph Ellison, Joan Didion, Thomas Pynchon, and Elizabeth Bishop
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
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