The reflections I share in this space may appear, at moments, to indulge in the barbed and the bitter, and the reader unfamiliar with my subject and with my own work, and otherwise disinclined… Read More

The novel is a medium of endless permutations, but in the end there are three broad ways that it can be great. The first and lowest is on the level of sheer craft. Pride… Read More

Sometimes Shanghai seems to be everywhere. Late last September, on one of my first days back in New York after several months in China, I noticed a new sidewalk vending machine selling copies of… Read More

Karl Kraus was a terror. Scourge of the misplaced comma, bane of the sentimental or stupid remark, champion of linguistic purity and artistic rigor, destroyer of reputations, instigator of lawsuits and punisher of friends.… Read More