The James of the Jews: Cynthia Ozick’s Foreign Bodies

When I sat down to read Foreign Bodies, the new Cynthia Ozick novel that purports to be a “photographic negative” of Henry James’s The Ambassadors, I had two assumptions: 1) that I would like it less than The Ambassadors and 2) that the novel would lend itself to a fun game of who’s who.  The first [...] reputable online casinos australia

Franz Messerschmidt’s Busted Heads

Another trip to New York, another visit to the Neue Galerie.  I first encountered Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, the subject of the Neue Galerie’s current show, when the Met acquired “A Hypocrite and a Slanderer,” one of his “character heads,” earlier this year.  When not on loan to the Neue, “A Hypocrite and a Slanderer” stands [...]

Virginia Woolf, Book Reviewer

I’m a little late to the conversation on this one, but a few weeks ago, Harper’s announced that Zadie Smith would be taking over book reviewing duties from Benjamin Moser, which left some of the blogosphere puzzled.  Why would one of the most prominent novelists of the past few years want to busy herself with [...]