How Violent Fiction Works: Rohan Wilson’s “The Roving Party” and James Wood’s Sanguinary Sublime from Conrad to McCarthy
Rebecca Mead’s Middlemarch Pilgrimage and the 3 Wrong Ways to Read a Novel
The Time for Tales and A Tale for the Time Being
Lab Flies: Joshua Greene's Moral Tribes and the Contamination of Walter White
Muddling through "Life after Life": Reflections on Plot and Character in Kate Atkinson's New Novel
Let's Play Kill Your Brother: Fiction as a Moral Dilemma Game
The Imp of the Underground and the Literature of Low Status
Sympathizing with Psychos: Why We Want to See Alex Escape His Fate as a Clockwork Orange
Stories, Social Proof, & Our Two Selves
Why Shakespeare Nauseated Darwin: A Review of Keith Oatley's "Such Stuff as Dreams"
How to be Interesting: Dead Poets and Causal Inferences
What's the Point of Difficult Reading?
The Storytelling Animal: A Light Read with Weighty Implications
Madness and Bliss: Critical vs Primitive Readings in A.S. Byatt's "Possession: A Romance"
Who Needs Complex Narratives?: Tim Parks' Enlightened Cynicism
Hunger Game Theory: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and the Rebirth of Humanity
Life's White Machine: James Wood and What Doesn't Happen in Fiction
The Adaptive Appeal of Bad Boys
T.J. Eckleburg Sees Everything: The Great God-Gap in Gatsby
Art as Altruism: Lily Briscoe and the Ghost of Mrs. Ramsay in "To the Lighthouse"
Difficult Reading in the Age of Narcissism
They Comes a Day: Celebrating Cooperation in "A Gathering of Old Men" and "Horton Hears a Who!" My Kozicki Award-winning essay.
Getting Gabriel Wrong: Lacanian Misreadings of Joyce's "The Dead"
Absurdities and Atrocities in Literary Criticism
Poststructuralism: Banal when It's not Busy Being Absurd
The Cost of Denying the Abyss: Signals of Selfishness and Altruism in Mann's "Death in Venice"