November 30, 2015

A Moveable Funeral

By Brian Michael Murphy

Sales of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast spiked in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. The media has framed it as a book that captures the dream of Paris, […]

September 25, 2015

Is Paris Still Paris?

By Brian Michael Murphy

“In a beautiful turn of phrase, Hugo von Hofmannsthal called [this city] ‘a landscape built of pure life.’ And at work in the attraction it exercises on people is the […]

May 7, 2015

How the West Inverted its Literary Values

By Amit Majmudar

In a true missing-the-forest-for-the-trees phenomenon, modern literary criticism has left unremarked, to my knowledge at least, the totally anomalous body of “great literature” that has come out of Europe and […]

June 24, 2012

Riff on Goethe

By Amit Majmudar

Versatility is the least of poetic virtues. It may seem an impressive sign of poetic prowess to be able to turn out a poem on any subject, in any of […]

April 2, 2012

The Enduring Appeal of Jules Verne

By Amit Majmudar

If all Verne had done was predict the future, he would excite my admiration, not my love. How perspicacious the man was! Really ahead of his time! And that’s where […]