This Is The Way a World Ends: Joseph Roth’s Letters

In the back-page essay in this week’s New York Times Book Review, I take stock of Joseph Roth’s letters—and what they can and can’t tell us about their author:
The final message from the Austrian novelist ­Joseph Roth in Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters is short and desperate. “Dear friend,” he writes to his French translator, [...] reputable online casinos australia

The [Insert Superlative Here] Books of 2011: My Year in Reading

I recently, and much belatedly, got around to reading Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism. It’s brilliant—not a word I use easily—and really deserves its own post, but there is a point on which Frye and I disagree, in practice if not in theory.  “The demonstrable value-judgement,” he claims in his introduction, “is the donkey’s carrot [...]

Reading in Tongues: The Radetzky March

It is a sad fact of studying languages that they are subject to rust.  Without active effort, it’s really only possible to get worse.  If I think about this too hard, or at all, I’m prone to get either sad or overzealous.  It’s the latter reaction, thankfully, that has produced this post.  “Reading in Tongues” [...]