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Seeing the Civil War From the Ground Up

Again and again, Ayers will bracket a poignant passage from a diary or letter with the phrase “at the time,” to set up contrasts with standard interpretations. Thus, “at the time” of the Union victory at Gettysburg, the individuals...

The Outlaw Novelist as Literary Critic

But within these conventions, Coetzee is as perspicacious and erudite a guide as one could hope for. His biographical sketches of the life and times of the authors he addresses are excellent, concretely informative while also marbled with interesting...

The Poet of Light – The New York Times

I did. When Richard Wilbur died in October at 96, he left behind a body of work that rivals that of the great modernists. (Robert Frost is his closest kin.) Wilbur has long been praised for his formal accomplishments....

The (Often Complicated) Lives of Artists

The research is here, and it’s impressive. We learn about the Impressionists with whom Renoir traveled and the official Salon against which they sometimes rebelled. Manet, Monet, Cézanne and Pissarro all make appearances, as does the art dealer Paul...

11 New Books We Recommend This Week

TEXAS BLOOD: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands, by Roger D. Hodge. (Knopf, $28.95.) Hodge, a seventh-generation Texan who now lives in Brooklyn, has written a fervent pastiche of memory and...

How the Astro Poets Lit Up the Internet

The universe is a swirling cosmic cocktail of galaxies made up of specks of dust, and Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky are alive and writing poetry in it. The two poets, who are also best friends and creative collaborators,...

Means of Escape: César Vallejo’s “Scales”

JANUARY 11, 2018 I. Hard Time In early 1921, the poet César Vallejo was in prison. On February 12, he wrote from his cell in the city of Trujillo, Peru, to his friend Óscar Imaña: I brood and gnaw...

A Happy Affliction: A Conversation with Paul Muldoon

JANUARY 11, 2018 LESS THAN ONE YEAR since leaving his decade-long post as poetry editor at The New Yorker, Paul Muldoon is as deeply embedded in the literary world as he seems to have ever been: not only as...

Colin Burrow reviews ‘The Book of Dust, Vol. I’ by Philip Pullman and ‘Daemon Voices’ by Philip Pullman · LRB 4 January 2018

My children are now 21 and beyond the age of being reasoned with or read to. This has its advantages: reasoning has never come naturally to me. But I profoundly miss reading to them as they slumped against me...