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Gregor Samsa: Drone Operator

Gregor Samsa: Drone Operator

SUSAN BERNOFSKY has chosen “The Death of a Salesman” as the title of the afterword to her excellent new translation of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” In fact, Gregor Samsa does have a ce...

Serial Reader

Serial Reader

I HAD TO CHUCKLE when I approached the end of Threepenny Review editor Wendy Lesser’s latest meditation on reading and came across an odd admission from the author: “There are many times when I...

Middlemarch and Me

Middlemarch and Me

BLESSED IS THE READER who, while still young, discovers a book that becomes a touchstone and mirror to accompany her for the rest of her life, never dulling on successive readings but instead offering...

The Return of the Gods

The Return of the Gods

LAST AUGUST, I TRAVELED to France to participate in a reenactment of Plato's banquet at the house of Bernard Stiegler, the French philosopher of technology. The reenactment was part of a school of p...

Life of the Party

Life of the Party

FOR AS LONG AS self-help books have been around, highbrow readers have seen fit to sneer at them. When Samuel Smiles published the original of the genre, Self-Help, in 1859, one representative detra...

The Writer as Reader: Melville and his Marginalia

The Writer as Reader: Melville and his Marginalia

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library are launching a month-long celebration of Moby Dick, a way to encourage readers "to discover or rediscover the great lit...

Searching for Proust in Los Angeles

Searching for Proust in Los Angeles

PLEASE TELL US about yourself.I have been living in L.A. since last June. I relocated from the East Coast for business and family reasons. I work from home. I enjoy outdoor activities, yoga, hiking, a...

A Serious Man Whose Love Will Last

A Serious Man Whose Love Will Last

IN 1958 WHEN EZRA POUND WAS RELEASED from the Washington, D.C. mental hospital where he had spent twelve years as an "inmate," the press asked him what the experience had been like. "Ov...