Alan Jacobs

Posts in category “Literature”

Problems of Engineering and Problems of Life

One of the key themes of the book I’m just beginning to …

Posted July 26th, 2013

Dante and His Readers

Fiona Sampson’s review of Clive James’s new translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy …

Posted July 26th, 2013

Lee Siegel, For and Against the Humanities

Even though it’s trying too hard to be counter-intuitive, I really like …

Posted July 16th, 2013

My Beef with Stoicism

If you haven’t read Rod’s post on Binx Bolling’s Aunt Emily, please …

Posted July 9th, 2013

James Agee

James Agee’s gift was not wasted, but neither was it fulfilled. He …

Posted June 13th, 2013

The Powers of Reading

  The question of whether reading makes you a better person is …

Posted June 11th, 2013

The Millman Interlocution

It’s always fun to debate with Noah Millman. So let me do …

Posted June 6th, 2013

Notes on Nomes

Rod has been discussing Terry Pratchett’s Bromeliad trilogy over at his joint, …

Posted May 27th, 2013

For the Time Being

My critical edition of W. H. Auden’s long poem For the Time …

Posted May 22nd, 2013

In Praise of Dorothy Osborne

I pause in my labors every decade or so to utter this …

Posted May 3rd, 2013

A Word of Exhortation Prompted By Yesterday’s Twitter Feed

So I kept reading things on Twitter today about what people (especially …

Posted April 30th, 2013

On Writing for Readers

I admire the impulse that drives this essay by William Germano, in …

Posted April 29th, 2013

Fantasy and History

Here’s a really fascinatingly provocative post by Adam Roberts: Tolkien’s story is …

Posted April 26th, 2013

Brian Phillips in Alaska

The web designers at Grantland have done an outstanding job with Brian …

Posted April 25th, 2013

Schools for Desire

Are children’s books today excessively consumerist? Do they reinforce materialism? Alison Flood …

Posted April 23rd, 2013

Can Literature Be Defended?

Patricia Viera writes, But if literature does not necessarily make you good …

Posted April 22nd, 2013

In Which I Confess to a Corrosive Skepticism

When I read this excerpt from James Lasdun’s new memoir, Give Me …

Posted February 22nd, 2013