When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas.
When something startlingly new comes up, young people, especially, seize it. You can't complain about that. I think its heyday… (read more)
Hard work makes easy reading or, at least, easier reading.
If you learn one thing from having lived through decades of changing views, it is that all predictions are necessarily… (read more)
If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the… (read more)
It's amazing how, age after age, in country after country, and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable.
John Updike is always fun. And one of my former students, Tom Pynchon. And Harold Bloom, another former student.
The survival of artistic modes in which we recognize ourselves, identify ourselves and place ourselves will survive as long as… (read more)