Full text finally available on the Believer website: I wrote about my former professor, Richard Poirer, for The Believer.
Profiling Nathan Ripley/Naben Ruthnum for Crime Reads was a lot of fun.
I reviewed the haunting Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Parry for The New Republic.
I reviewed Unpacking My Library, a tour of the bookshelves of writers, for The Rumpus.
In the 1950s, three esteemed critics, Jacques Barzun, W.H. Auden, and Lionel Trilling formed the editorial board of the Readers’ Subscription Book Club. That Club and its successor, The Mid-Century Book Club, had as their missions to bring sophisticated new and classic books to a general public. The essays these critics wrote individually as introductions to these books are collected in the wonderful A Company of Readers (edited by friend of the site Arthur Krystal), and will provide fodder for future posts; but as a special holiday treat I’m going to look at one of the few selections they all…