August 25, 2015

Sugimoto’s Movie Theaters

By Brian Michael Murphy

“Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame?” The answer: “You get a shining screen.” […] One afternoon I walked into a cheap cinema in the East Village […]

March 7, 2013

A Note on Sentimentality

By Amit Majmudar

One of the underdiscussed aspects of literary taste is the principle of exclusion: Not what is welcomed in a work, but what is disallowed. In the world of contemporary fiction, […]

August 4, 2012

Notes on a gray area and a gripe

By Andrew David King

For a moment, the elliptical, discursive, and indirect debate about the state of American poetry took on a sheen at once confrontational and warm: Matvei Yankelevich, a poet, critic, and […]

July 22, 2012

The neo-canonicity of F. R. Leavis

By Andrew David King

My first ingestion of F. R. Leavis’s 1953 essay “The ‘Great Books’ and a Liberal Education” resulted in the British critic’s own volume being thrown across the room. What was […]

August 22, 2011

Short Takes: Between Art and Work

By Andrew David King

Dean Rader: “Levine is a great choice for Poet Laureate, especially now. No living American poet has written more probingly or more beautifully about work than Levine. But, by no […]