Volumes of horse race punditry notwithstanding, the 2012 presidential campaign seemed like anything but a day at the track. Instead it felt more like we were waiting at the 18th hole in a golf tournament that kept getting rain delayed.
I have memories of who I once was, but they are beginning to fade from me. I hear words like lawyer and writer and they fall from me like dead fruit.
For the past 20 years, author Pankaj Mishra has been exposing how Indias two main political parties have marginalized ethnic and religious minorities and failed to alleviate poverty in an era of rapid economic growth.
Eugene D. Genoveseleading historian of slavery, son of Bensonhurst, graduate of Brooklyn Collegedied in September at age 82. Although many remembrances of Genovese have focused on his political transition from card-carrying Communist to Catholic cultural conservative, a close look at a concept underlying his work reveals more continuity than change.
In the fall of 1944, T.S. Eliot gave his presidential address to the Virgil Society in London, an event that J.M. Coetzee historicized in his essay What is a Classic? During the address, Eliot argued for an understanding of Western Europe as a single civilization descending from the Roman Empire, and purported his belief that its definitive classic must therefore be Virgils Aeneid.
It takes all of three sentences of Richard Russos new memoir, Elsewhere, for the Pulitzer Prize winner to confirm what even his most casual reader must suspect: This is a man who grew up among the shuttered factories and potholed souls that make up his fiction.
It is hard to write a review of someones diaries without it turning into a review of the diarist himself. The critic, ideally, is not in the business of reviewing the content of the writers character. But in the case of diaries, it is precisely the writers identity that is on display.
Its hard to overstate the influence that Julia Child had on the American food landscape. The engine or inspiration behind countless cookbooks and television shows, Julia was a one-woman industry decades before such a thing even existed.