raymond chandler

The prophetic Raymond Chandler

February 24, 2020 3:50 pm

Chandler’s California is a cultural desert stretching along the western edge of a continental wasteland


What would Orwell have made of Trump?

January 20, 2020 8:56 pm

More attention should be paid to his collected essays, letters and journalism

george eliot

George Eliot, radical but conservative

January 11, 2020 8:09 am

What other heroine in a 19th-century novel strangles her sister’s canary as a girl?

nineteen eighty-four

Nineteen Eighty-Four is not a guidebook for the present day

June 29, 2019 5:01 pm

A powerful totalitarian state is no longer needed to coerce human beings

memories of the future

Writing as revenge

March 21, 2019 9:17 am

Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt reviewed

william giraldi podcast

Life ‘n’ Arts podcast: celebrating American audacity with William Giraldi

August 20, 2018 12:12 pm

William Giraldi, author of the novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark ahead of publishing his first collection of essays,