literature

‘Catch-22’ Uses an Old War to Fight a Tired Battle

More often than not these days, a World War II drama isn’t really about World War II. Take Dunkirk, which, although it’s set almost 80…

Why Is the Name ‘Bret’ So Cursed?

Earlier this month, washed-up author Bret Easton Ellis volunteered to have his ass kicked all the way up through his skull by an inquisitive Isaac…

Everything Your New Year’s Resolutions Will Do to Your Brain and Body: Reading More

“A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” So said Mark Twain, and it seems the more things…

Why So Many Guys Are Obsessed With ‘My Brilliant Friend’

As “Ferrante Fever” gripped the English-speaking literary world, you might have mistaken it for a phenomenon exclusive to women readers. Elena Ferrante’s four Neapolitan Novels,…