Paladin of Literary Agon: A Conversation with Harold Bloom
On the daemonic powers of memory and the blessings of great literature.
One Life at a Time: A Conversation with Dr. Daniel Baxter
William Giraldi speaks with Daniel Baxter, author of “One Life at a Time: An American Doctor’s Memoir of AIDS in Botswana.”
A Critic’s Ars Poetica
William Giraldi, author of “American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring,” presents his critical ars poetica.
Bad Stories in America: A Conversation Between Steve Almond and William Giraldi
Steve Almond talks to William Giraldi about what the hell happened.
On John Williams’s Novel “Augustus”: A Conversation
Not even "Augustus" brought John Williams the attention he deserved in his lifetime.
William Giraldi reviews a biography on the paradoxical, hedonistic, and fascinating Carl Van Vechten.
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
The Critic’s Credentials: On “Rotten Reviews Redux”
IN 1922, FIVE YEARS before E.M. Forster published his immortal Aspects of the Novel, the English critic and editor Percy
Waiting for Padgett
IN HIS SEMINAL 1961 work The Theater of the Absurd, Martin Esslin warns against reductive attempts to demystify Waiting for Godot,
Two Great Writers Talk about Writing
Christopher BehaWhat Happened to Sophie WilderTin House BooksJune 12, 2012256pp The Whole Five Feet:What the Great Books Taught Me About
Eden of Clowns
YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD the news: We Americans are a mob of dipshits. In our nation's emporium of "ideas," the madcap and