Tagged Lives Of The Critics

The Generic Life

  I wrote an essay for Full-Stop about Eileen Simpson’s wonderful memoir, Poets in Their Youth, and the poets she chronicles wherein (John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Delmore Schwartz, et al).

Cracking Up: On F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Echoes of The Jazz Age” What F. Scott Fitzgerald knew best, and wrote about with unsurpassed style and insight, was himself. The Crack-Up, a series of seven personal essays he published in Esquire (then published posthumously as part of a collection edited by his friend Edmund Wilson), marked Fitzgerald as a desperate man. Written before and…

Criticism, The Desperate Art: Pauline Kael and the Partisan Review

Note: A revised version of this essay appears in Talking about Pauline Kael: Critics, Filmmakers, and Scholars Remember an Icon (edited by Wayne Stengel), 2015. Before she was Pauline Kael, New Yorker movie critic, Pauline Kael was one of many young American writers in the sway of the great critics of the 1930s. In his recently…