Loving Poetry with Robert Pinsky’s Singing School

By Caitlin O’Hara On love, on grief, on every human thing, Time sprinkles Lethe’s water with his wing. -Walter Savage […]

Looking back: Wharton, Fitzgerald, and Ourselves

By Caitlin O’Hara Think of favorite endings of books that really resonate: Levin and his revelation towards goodness at the end […]

“Fates and Furies”: Two Takes on a Marriage, One Impressive Novel

Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is an unusual accomplishment, not only because it is that rare ambitious novel that largely […]

The High Mountains of Portugal: A Thoughtful but Underwhelming Study of Grief

by Mary Kate Costigan Never let it be said that Yann Martel doesn’t like wild animals. Fifteen years ago he […]

In “Alive, Alive Oh!”, Diana Athill Remembers a Remarkable Life

By Mary Kate Costigan At 97 years old, Diana Athill has a lot of story to tell. Biographical details alone […]

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” Gives an Unlikely Lesson in Adaptation, is Awesome While Doing So

by Mary Kate Costigan As a teenager, I once made a list of inaccuracies between Harry Potter and the Prisoner […]

The Buried Giant: Why the Fantastic Isn’t Always Important in Fantasy

by Mary Kate Costigan In his first novel in ten years, Booker Prize winning author Kazuo Ishiguro enters a realm […]

Christopher Buckley Satirizes Medieval Europe in ‘The Relic Master’

by Mary Kate Costigan “Dismas might have purchased the finger bone of the Apostle Thomas, but there was something not […]

Room 101, for Teenage Girls: A conversation with Only Ever Yours Author Louise O’ Neill

by Jessica Monk an image flared in my mind’s eye. It was of a girl, she was 16, standing in […]

Jurassic World: Why the Least Believable Character is not Indominus Rex

By Amanda Festa Jurassic World is a fantastically fun movie and anyone who wants to escape life and the heat […]