Books

Getting Fletch Wrong

Jon Hamm’s portrayal is an improvement on Chevy Chase’s goofball routine, but still bears little relation to the amoral cad in Gregory McDonald’s novels.

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
16 min read

Peter Straub, 1943–2022

Farewell to another of the Big Six novelists from the Golden Age of American horror fiction.

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
13 min read

Go Ask Beatrice: Notes on a Dishonest Decade

An outstanding new book tells the story of a wildly successful literary hoax. But it was just one of many.

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
28 min read

The Delia Demolition

Why is the Atlantic slinging mud at the 72-year-old author of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ on the eve of the film’s release?

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
19 min read

Céline, Literary Antichrist

If we demand that our artists be angels, we will not have any art left to appreciate.

RJ Smith
RJ Smith
9 min read

Has Olivia Manning’s ‘Fortunes of War’ Finally Found Its Moment?

The Ukrainian war has made Manning’s writing more relevant now than at any time since it was written.

Robin Ashenden
Robin Ashenden
11 min read

Roya Hakakian and How to Speak About What No One Wants to Hear

I. Roya Hakakian is an American writer from Iran who commands a distinctive ability to speak about large and horrific events in a chipper tone that appears to underplay the horrific quality and, by apparently underplaying, ends up subtly underlining. It is an artful tone. It is cagey, charming, disarming,

Paul Berman
Paul Berman
33 min read

Hofstadter’s Paranoid Style Revisited

Hofstadter argued that McCarthyism was simply the latest iteration of a longstanding American tradition.

Michael J. Totten
Michael J. Totten
9 min read