In the dog days of August, two books about the Ivy League landed comfortably on the New York Times bestseller list. One was William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep. The other was Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land. Despite their disparate genres,… Read More

God, listen to me! Or don’t. –A. O. Scott As you may have heard by now, A. O. Scott wrote an article earlier this month for the New York Times Magazine entitled “The Death of… Read More

Jeter, I’ll say, was the occasion for maybe my first encounter with a truth not known to most boys: a man’s butt can be covetable. It’s one of the clearer memories I have: seventh… Read More

In the summer of 1960, James Baldwin wrote an essay he styled “Fifth Avenue, Uptown: A Letter from Harlem.” Among the host of ills he observed in the neighborhood where he was born and… Read More