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  1. Annals of Academia
    The Loose Canon
    The New Yorker, March 29, 1999, pp. 60-65
  2. Annals of Education
    The Million-Dollar Diploma
    The New Yorker, July 19, 1999, pp. 42-46
  3. Annals of Parenthood: Making the Grade
    New York's private schools: keeping busy parents a whole lot busier
    The New Yorker, April 14, 1997, pp. 34-39
  4. Battle of the Books (1992)
  5. Bellow: A Biography (2000)
    6 Reviews
  6. Beyond Demographics
    The Atlantic Monthly, October 1984, pp. 49-59
  7. The Book Wars (1990)
    What It Takes to Be Educated in America
    1 Review
  8. [+]
    Books/A Modern Existential Hero (Review)
    Four Films, by Woody Allen
    1. Four Films by Woody Allen
    The Atlantic Monthly, December 1982, pp. 102-104
  9. [+]
    Books/A Sure Narrative Voice (Review)
    Liars in Love, by Richard Yates
    1. Liars in Love by Richard Yates
    The Atlantic Monthly, November 1981, pp. 84-85
  10. [+]
    Books/Arg and Ardor (Review)
    Turgenev's Letters, by A.V. Knowles and Ivan Turgenev
    1. Turgenev's Letters by A.V. Knowles and Ivan Turgenev
    The Atlantic Monthly, July 1983, pp. 104-106
  11. Books/In Praise of Dispraise
    The art of invective
    The Atlantic Monthly, August 1981, pp. 79-82
  12. [+]
    Books/Interpreting the World (Review)
    The Dean's December, by Saul Bellow
    1. The Dean's December by Saul Bellow
    The Atlantic Monthly, February 1982, pp. 78-81
  13. [+]
    Books/Languid, But Never Dull (Review)
    Bech is Back, by John Updike
    1. Bech is Back by John Updike
    The Atlantic Monthly, October 1982, pp. 103-104
  14. [+]
    Books/Less Is Less (Review)
    What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver
    1. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
    The Atlantic Monthly, June 1981, pp. 96-97
  15. [+]
    Books/Marginal Memoirs (3 Reviews)
    Minor Characters, by Joyce Johnson
    1. Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson
    2. Auden: An American Friendship by Charles H. Miller
    3. Voices: A Memoir by Frederic Prokosch
    The Atlantic Monthly, February 1983, pp. 100-101
  16. [+]
    Books/Marriage and Morals (Review)
    Beautiful Women, Ugly Scenes, by C.D.B. Bryan
    1. Beautiful Women, Ugly Scenes by C.D.B. Bryan
    The Atlantic Monthly, August 1983, pp. 96-97
  17. Books/Papa Lives
    The Atlantic Monthly, October 1983, pp. 114-119
  18. [+]
    Books/The Pursuit of Celebrity (Review)
    Edie: American Girl, by Jean Stein and George Plimpton
    1. Edie: American Girl by Jean Stein and George Plimpton
    The Atlantic Monthly, July 1982, pp. 92-93
  19. [+]
    Books/Writers on Hot It's Done (2 Reviews)
    First Person Singular, by Joyce Carol Oates
    1. First Person Singular by Joyce Carol Oates
    2. The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
    The Atlantic Monthly, January 1984, pp. 96-99
  20. The Critics
    [+]
    Books: A Vituperative Art (Review)
    Will This Do?, by Auberon Waugh
    1. Will This Do? by Auberon Waugh
    The New Yorker, June 15, 1998, pp. 74-75
  21. The Changing Curriculum: Then and Now
    The Partisan Review, Spring 1991, pp. 262-264
  22. Chicago Highbrow
    Growing up in a home that resembled a Bennington dorm
    The Atlantic Monthly, April 1982, pp. 21-27
  23. [+]
    Coming of Age in Chicago (Review)
    The Neighborhood of Baseball, by Barry Gifford
    1. The Neighborhood of Baseball by Barry Gifford
    The New Republic, July 18, 1981, pp. 32-33
  24. What's wrong with the English?
    "The Common Pursuit" in New York
    The New Criterion, February 1987, pp. 14-19
  25. Delmore Schwartz: The Life of an American Poet (1977)
    10 Reviews, 1 Readable
  26. Dept. of Taking Stock
    The Art of Failing
    The New Yorker, May 25, 1998, pp. 67-73
  27. Books
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    A Don Juan Among the Intelligentsia (2 Reviews)
    Experiment in Autobiography, by H.G. Wells
    1. Experiment in Autobiography by H.G. Wells
    2. H.G. Wells in Love by George Philip Wells and H.G. Wells
    The Atlantic Monthly, November 1984, pp. 138-140
  28. [+]
    Fashionable Despair (Review)
    Players, by Don DeLillo
    1. Players by Don DeLillo
    The Partisan Review, Summer 1979, pp. 482-492
  29. [+]
    First Person (Review)
    Collected Poems, by Paul Goodman and Taylor Stoehr
    1. Collected Poems by Paul Goodman and Taylor Stoehr
    The New Republic, March 2, 1974, pp. 30-31
  30. [+]
    Golden Boy (2 Reviews)
    Passage From Home, by Isaac Rosenfeld
    1. Passage From Home by Isaac Rosenfeld
    2. Preserving the Hunger by Mark Shechner and Isaac Rosenfeld
    The New York Review of Books, June 29, 1989, pp. 42-46
  31. Books
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    A Great American Novel (Review)
    Continental Drift, by Russell Banks
    1. Continental Drift by Russell Banks
    The Atlantic Monthly, February 1985, pp. 94-96
  32. The Great Pretender (1986)
    1 Review
  33. Books
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    The Hunter and the Hunted (Review)
    E.M. Forster: A Life, by P.N. Furbank
    1. E.M. Forster: A Life by P.N. Furbank
    The Harpers Monthly, February 1979, pp. 74-81
  34. Books & the Arts
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    The Impersonality of Art (Review)
    St. Lawrence Blues, by Marie-Claire Blais
    1. St. Lawrence Blues by Marie-Claire Blais
    The Nation, March 29, 1975, p. 374
  35. Joining the Working Class
    The literary proletariat arises
    The Atlantic Monthly, January 1982, pp. 80-83
  36. Journals: The Shadow in the Garden
    The New Yorker, June 26, 1995, pp. 74-85
  37. [+]
    Just to Pass the Time Away... (Review)
    Antoine Bloye, by Paul Nizan
    1. Antoine Bloye by Paul Nizan
    The Nation, October 22, 1973, p. 407
  38. The Kids Are Fine
    The joy of reading other people's class notes
    The New Republic, September 4, 1989, pp. 13-14
  39. Letters
    The New York Review of Books, March 4, 1976, pp. 38-40
  40. Life and Letters
    The Uses of Misery
    The New Yorker, August 24, 1998, pp. 96-98
  41. Life and Letters: Holmes on the Case
    Britain's Richard Holmes is a literary heir to Samuel Johnson, and a major player in th...
    The New Yorker, September 19, 1994, p. 57
  42. Life and Letters: The Fall of Fun
    When did we all become so serious?
    The New Yorker, November 18, 1996, pp. 62-64
  43. "Lighting the Lamps"
    The New Yorker, February 7, 1970, pp. 30-31
  44. Books
    Literary Biography
    The American Scholar, Summer 1976, pp. 448-459
  45. The Literary Life of Crime
    The New Republic, September 9, 1981, pp. 21-23
  46. The London Literature Market
    Naming the thirteen best commodities
    The Atlantic Monthly, February 1984, pp. 95-97
  47. Lord Weary
    Robert Lowell in Cambridge
    The Atlantic Monthly, July 1982, pp. 56-64
  48. [+]
    Lowell's Castle (Review)
    Pity the Monsters, by Alan Williamson
    1. Pity the Monsters by Alan Williamson
    The Partisan Review, Winter 1977, pp. 149-151
  49. Maharishi U.
    The New Republic, April 22, 1985, pp. 13-14
  50. Making the List
    How books get on the best-sellar lists
    The Atlantic Monthly, December 1983, pp. 108-112
  51. Books
    [+]
    The men of 1914 (Review)
    Makers of the New, by Julian Symons
    1. Makers of the New by Julian Symons
    The New Criterion, March 1988, pp. 66-68
  52. [+]
    A Modern Whitman (Review)
    Collected Poems, 1947-1980, by Allen Ginsberg
    1. Collected Poems, 1947-1980 by Allen Ginsberg
    The Atlantic Monthly, December 1984, pp. 132-135
  53. [+]
    Modernism and Beyond (Review)
    A Revolution in Taste, by Louis Aston Marantz Simpson
    1. A Revolution in Taste by Louis Aston Marantz Simpson
    Commentary, March 1979, pp. 90-91
  54. My Life in the Middle Ages (2005)
    A Survivor's Tale
    1 Review
  55. [+]
    A Neglected Modern (Review)
    Paul Nizan, by W.D. Redfern
    1. Paul Nizan by W.D. Redfern
    Commentary, June 1973, pp. 93-96
  56. New York Diarist: Corporate Populist
    Getting deconstructed proves more baffling than painful
    The New Republic, April 2, 1990, pp. 42-44
  57. [+]
    Poetry as disease and therapy (Review)
    The Middle Generation, by Bruce Bawer
    1. The Middle Generation by Bruce Bawer
    The New Criterion, October 1986, pp. 80-82
  58. Poetry Cornered
    The New Republic, November 25, 1978, pp. 9-11
  59. [+]
    The Poetry of Mere Prose (2 Reviews)
    The Book of the Body, by Frank Bidart
    1. The Book of the Body by Frank Bidart
    2. With Ignorance by C.K. Williams
    The Nation, June 18, 1977, p. 763
  60. Postcard New York
    MIA at the MLA
    The New Republic, January 26, 1987, pp. 12-13
  61. A Postwar Classic
    The New Republic, June 2, 1982, pp. 28-31
  62. [+]
    Reconsideration (3 Reviews)
    Delmore Schwartz
    1. Summer Knowledge, 1938-1958 by Delmore Schwartz
    2. The World is a Wedding by Delmore Schwartz
    3. Selected Essays of Delmore Schwartz by Donald A. Dike, David H. Zucker, and Delmore Schwartz, ...
    The New Republic, November 1, 1975, pp. 36-38
  63. [+]
    Reconsideration: A Novel of the Beat Generation (Review)
    On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
    1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    The New Republic, November 8, 1980, pp. 24-26
  64. Reflections
    The Whistle of Money
    The New Yorker, February 2, 1998, pp. 34-37
  65. Reports & Comment
    Travel: On Not Being a Tourist
    The Atlantic Monthly, November 1982, pp. 30-31
  66. [+]
    On Modernism (Review)
    Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot, by Frank Kermode and T.S. Eliot
    1. Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot by Frank Kermode and T.S. Eliot
    The New Republic, January 17, 1976, p. 33
  67. [+]
    The Malraux Mystery (Review)
    Writers at Work, Fourth Series, by George Plimpton
    1. Writers at Work, Fourth Series by George Plimpton
    The New Republic, January 29, 1977, p. 32
  68. [+]
    National Public Radio (Review)
    Frank O'Hara: Poet Among Painters, by Marjorie Perloff
    1. Frank O'Hara: Poet Among Painters by Marjorie Perloff
    The New Republic, September 10, 1977, pp. 35-36
  69. [+]
    Jazz: New Records (Review)
    Reviewing the Forties, by Diana Trilling
    1. Reviewing the Forties by Diana Trilling
    The New Republic, October 28, 1978, p. 35
  70. [+]
    Sketchbook (Review)
    The Twenties, by Edmund Wilson and Leon Edel
    1. The Twenties by Edmund Wilson and Leon Edel
    Commentary, June 1975, pp. 78-80
  71. [+]
    Sonnets in the Out Box (Review)
    Souvenirs and Prophecies, by Holly B. Stevens
    1. Souvenirs and Prophecies by Holly B. Stevens
    The American Scholar, Summer 1977, pp. 408-410
  72. Unsentimental Education
    The Atlantic Monthly, June 1983, pp. 78-89
  73. W.G. Sebald: A Profile
    The Paris Review, Summer 1999, pp. 278-295
  74. [+]
    Warming up for poetry (Review)
    Robert Lowell: Collected Prose, by Robert Giroux and Robert Lowell
    1. Robert Lowell: Collected Prose by Robert Giroux and Robert Lowell
    The New Criterion, June 1987, pp. 72-76
  75. Books & the Arts
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    'What Marx Really Meant Is Finnegans Wake' (Review)
    Closing Time, by Norman O. Brown
    1. Closing Time by Norman O. Brown
    The Nation, November 26, 1973, p. 565
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