For an insightful view of the state of American literary culture today, read Sven Bikerts essay in the latest issue of Book Forum ( It is sure to stir debate. “By the mid-’90s, it was obvious to many people that the rules of the literary […]

This site is supposed to be about ideas only. With that rule firmly established, I’m about to break it. This is not a site about consumption, but I must point to one Web site that offers the must-haves for readers. Most of you probably have […]

Talk about knowing your audience. To be published July 1, 2004: The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators and Waiting Rooms. Sounds perfect to me. The book includes short stories by such famous authors as V.S. Naipal, Alice Munroe, Philip Roth, and Joyce Carol […]