Looks at Books


Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, The Triple Package. The New Republic, April 7, 2014. 

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby and There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself. The Nation, March 24, 2014. 

Michael Suk-Young Chwe, Jane Austen, Game Theorist. The New Republic, February 3, 2014. With an exchange with the author. 

Jeremy Dauber, The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem and Alisa Solomon, Wonder of Wonders. The Atlantic, January/February 2014. 


Geoff Dyer, Zona. The New Republic, December 20, 2012. 

Kurt Vonnegut, Novels & Stories 1950-1962 and Novels & Stories 1963-1973The Nation, June 4, 2012. 

Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending. The New Republic, March 15, 2012. 


Ann Beattie, The New Yorker Stories and Mrs. Nixon. The Nation, December 12, 2011. 

Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot. The New York Times Book Review, October 16, 2011. 

Harold Bloom, The Anatomy of Influence. The New Republic, October 6, 2011. 

Alfred Kazin, Journals. Slate, September 12, 2011. 

David Foster Wallace, The Pale King. The Nation, July 4-11, 2011. 

Marjorie Garber, The Use and Abuse of Literature. Slate, April 4, 2011. 


Saul Bellow, Letters. The Nation, December 13, 2010. 

Philip Roth, Nemesis. The New Republic, November 25, 2010.

Jonathan Franzen, Freedom. Bookforum, September/October/November 2010.

Javier Marias, Your Face Tomorrow. The Nation, September 13, 2010.

Martin Amis, The Pregnant Widow. The New Republic, July 22, 2010.

David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Bookforum, June/July/August 2010. 

Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories. The Nation, March 1, 2010.

Vladimir Nabokov, The Original of Laura. The New Republic, February 4, 2010.


         Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood. The Nation, November 2, 2009.

          Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City. The New Republic, October 21, 2009. 

Gerald Martin, Gabriel García Márquez: A Life. The Nation, September 2, 2009. 

Six books on literary Darwinism. The Nation, June 8, 2009. 

Mary Gaitskill, Don't Cry. The Nation, May 11, 2009.

Steven Shapin, The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation. The Nation, March 16, 2009. 

 Roberto Bolaño, 2666. The New Republic, February 18, 2009.  


James Wood, How Fiction Works. The Nation, December 8, 2008. 

Marilynne Robinson, Home. The Nation, October 13, 2008. 

Salman Rushdie, The Enchantress of Florence. The Nation, September 15, 2008.  

John Stape, The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad. The New Republic, June 11, 2008. 

Stefan Zweig, The Post-Office Girl. The Nation, June 9, 2008. 

J. M. Coetzee, Diary of a Bad Year and Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005. The Nation, February 25, 2008.


Philip Roth, Exit Ghost. Dissent Online, November 27, 2007.

Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The Nation, November 26, 2007. 

Jean-Paul Dubois, Vie Française. New York Times Book Review, September 2, 2007. 

Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and Nathan Englander, The Ministry of Special Cases. The Nation, May 28, 2007.

Clive James, Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts. The Nation, May 14, 2007.

Claire Tomalin, Thomas Hardy. The New Republic, February 19, 2007. 

Milan Kundera, The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts. The Nation, February 19, 2007. 


Franco Moretti, ed., The Novel. The Nation, December 4, 2006.

Richard Powers, The Echo Maker. The Nation, October 9, 2006.   

Philip Roth, Everyman. The Nation, May 29, 2006. 


Robert Pinsky, The Life of David. New York Times Book Review, October 23, 2005.

Zadie Smith, On Beauty. The Nation, October 3, 2005. 

Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men. The Nation, September 12, 2005. 

Gregory Rabassa, If This Be Treason: Translation and its Dyscontents. New York Times Book Review, May 15, 2005. 

 Pascale Casanova, The World Republic of Letters. The Nation, January 3, 2005.


Isaac Bashevis Singer, Collected Stories. New York Times Book Review, September 12, 2004. 

Terry Eagleton, After Theory and Figures of Dissent. The Nation, February 16, 2004.

C.K. Williams, The Singing. New York Times Book Review, February 15, 2004. 


Julio Llamazares, The Yellow Rain. London Review of Books, September 25, 2003. 

Christopher Benfey, The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan. New York Times Book Review, July 20, 2003.

António Lobo Antunes, The Inquisitors’ Manual. New York Times Book Review, March 2, 2003.


J.M. Coetzee, Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II. New York Times Book Review, July 7, 2002.

Amit Chaudhuri, Real Time. New York Times Book Review, April 21, 2002. 


Susan Sontag, Where the Stress Falls. New York Times Book Review, November 4, 2001.

Allen Ginsberg, Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews, 1958-1996. New York Times Book Review, April 8, 2001.


Tibor Fischer, I Like Being Killed. New York Times Book Review, October 29, 2000. 

Thom Gunn, Boss Cupid. New York Times Book Review, August 6, 2000.


Fred Kaplan, Gore Vidal: A Biography. New York Times Book Review, November 14, 1999.

Richard Poirier, Trying it Out in America: Literary and Other Performances. New York Times Book Review, August 8, 1999.

The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky: The Unexpurgated Edition (ed. Joan Acocella). New York Times Book Review, February 28, 1999.