Author Archives: J.P. O'Malley

Contemplating the Complete Kafka

His writing was like a secular prayer, transcending his own neurotic mind into something like universal truth.

Marxists Look Back on the Russian Revolution

Two new books find committed leftists wrangling with the grisly legacy of October 1917.

Rudolf’s Sad Descent and the Habsburg Fall

Things might have turned out differently had he not ended his life that winter morning in 1889.

Stefan Zweig Followed His Europe Into Suicide

Tragic tale reflects continent’s descent into 20th-century chaos.

Edgar Wallace, Literary Mercenary

The creator of King Kong, who first made his name as a war correspondent, never let moral principle stand in the way of a paycheck.

American Idols

Hollywood stars don’t just influence politics—they actually decide who wins elections.

Unlearning to Be Human

What people can learn from the other animals