The Bonfire of the Vanities, 30 Years Later (Tom Wolfe) COMMENTARY, December 2017
The Case of Stephen Greenblatt THE NEW CRITERION, September 2017 (pay wall)
Bloom’s Falstaff (Harold Bloom) HUDSON REVIEW, Autumn 2017
The Age of Anxiety (Gerard Reve) WEEKLY STANDARD, 8 May 2017
The Single Artificer (Wallace Stevens) THE HUDSON REVIEW, Spring 2016
A Sufferable Snob (Henry James) NEW CRITERION, June 2015
Life Itself (Karl Ove Knausgaard) HUDSON REVIEW, Winter 2015
All in the Family (Marianne Moore) NEW CRITERION, April 2014
Giving Short Schiff (Sidney Schiff) AMERICAN SPECTATOR, 5 December 2013


(Older portion under re-construction:)

Poets and their Letters HUDSON REVIEW, Spring 2009

All that Jazz (Toni Morrison) NEW CRITERION, May 1992

Under the Aspect of Eternity: Flannery O’Connor NEW CRITERION, January 1989

Henry James in the Age of AIDS (Louis Begley) NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 24 April 1994

On Allan Bloom’s Love & Friendship INSIGHT

Membership and Memory (Wendell Berry) NEW CRITERION, November 1992

Ethical Culture (Wayne Booth) AMERICAN SCHOLAR

The Faith of E.L. Doctorow HUDSON REVIEW, Autumn 2000

Cheever’s Letters NEW CRITERION, November 1991

Temptation in the Wilderness (Jim Crace) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

On Guy Davenport’s The Hunter Gracchus THE STRANGER

The Geography of His Imagination (Guy Davenport) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

Quiet – Author Suffering AMERICAN SCHOLAR

A Murderer’s Life (John Banville) WALL STREET JOURNAL

Andre Gide, Evangelist HUDSON REVIEW

Life of the Pharaohs (Ismail Kadare) NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 28 April 1996

“The Negative Element” (Franz Kafka) WILSON QUARTERLY

“I Gave So Much to Others!” (Anais Nin) NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Principles of Interest (Louis Auchincloss) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

Requiem for the Upper Crust (Louis Auchincloss) NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Sexing the Cosmos (Jeanette Winterson) NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 11 May 1997

Critical Condition (Edmund Wilson) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

When Soft Voices Die (Edmund White) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

He’s Still Giving Praise (John Updike) WALL STREET JOURNAL

A Wordsmith’s “Careful” Life (John Updike) WALL STREET JOURNAL

Academic Obsessions and Political Passions (John Updike) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

Sigrid Undset, Contrarian NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Time’s Up (Norman Mailer) HUDSON REVIEW

A Very Strange Episode of Danish History (Per Olov Enquist), NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Magician of Malgudi (R.K. Narayan) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

The Sensuous Woman (James Purdy) NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 30 August 1998

The Long Proustian Shelf (Marcel Proust) HUDSON REVIEW, Autumn 2001

A Boy’s-Eye View (Ib Michael) NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 12 December 1999

Dying Generations (Reynolds Price) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

On Alex Ullmann’s Afghanistan WALL STREET JOURNAL 

Old School Ties (Laura Argiri) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

Reading at Risk to Ourselves: The Novels of Matthew Stadler HUDSON REVIEW, Spring 1999

Ordinary People (poetry chronicle) HUDSON REVIEW, Summer 2000

Wise Guy (Guy Davenport) BOOKFORUM, April-May 2005

What We Do for Art (A.S. Byatt) NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

The Consummate Artist (Truman Capote) WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2 June 1989

Geniuses All the Time (The Beat Poets) NEW CRITERION, April 1992

Longenbach on Stevens NEW CRITERION, June 1992

The Game of Taste (Alfred Kazin) HUDSON REVIEW

Borne Ceaselessly into the Past (poetry chronicle) HUDSON REVIEW

The Faith of a Southern Novelist (Walker Percy) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

The Mysteries of Faith (David Plante) WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

Democratic Elitist (Mary Renault) WALL STREET JOURNAL

On Salman Rushdie’s The Moor’s Last Sigh INSIGHT, February 12, 1996

The Letters of Schwartz & Laughlin (Delmore Schwartz, James Laughlin) NEW CRITERION, May 1993

Stevens’s Commonplace Book (Wallace Stevens) NEW CRITERION, September 1990

The Great Escape (Julia Blackburn) NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, 18 April 1999