Martina Fouquet: The Racial Dynamics of Justice—When Life Imitates ArtAugust 2016
Reading the OJ Simpson trial through a novelistic lens.
Greg Chase: David Foster Wallace and the Aesthetics of AthleticsMay 2016
A new collection of David Foster Wallace's essays considers the ties between aesthetics, sport, and capital.
Lincoln Michel: Lush RotMarch 2014
American South: Flannery O’Connor, True Detective, Southern hip-hop, and the gnarled roots of Southern Gothic.
Bare-Knuckle WritingSeptember 2013
The acclaimed novelist & art critic on dismantling notions of gendered writing, the pleasures of translated texts, and “the clear divide between art and politics” in contemporary American fiction.
Thomas Larson: Writing Seen, Writing SpokenAugust 2013
E-readers, texting, book trailers, and Twitter are not only changing the possibilities for writing, but also what it means to be a writer.
Elisa Wouk Almino: Animating and Dismantling the Monuments of WarJanuary 2013
Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection
Kaya Genç: Ian McEwan’s Sweet ToothNovember 2012
McEwan's new novel raises questions of artistic independence.
Alexia Nader: Literary MiamiOctober 2012
The broad strokes of Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood and the subtle specificity of Joan Didion’s Miami.
Alexia Nader: A Lesson from Thomas Hardy on Sex and DramaAugust 2012
Character study vs. flimsy romance in Fifty Shades of Grey, Trishna,and Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
Lucy McKeon: The Art of RapJuly 2012
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap explores hip hop’s past but skims over important questions about its present.