Fourth of July ruminations on the nation-state and the state of the nation
The ambiguities and darkness of Nazi-occupied France propelled him to flee his country, take a new name, fight in the Resistance, and then invent film noir. But the past continued to haunt him.
The Moby-Dick author sought spiritual connection on an 1857 Holy Land trip. He found dust and rocks instead.
In a new book, Robert Alter examines the debt American literature owes to the King James Bible