Denis Donoghue (NYU): Three Presences: Yeats, Eliot, Pound. Edward Clayton (Central Michigan): Aesop, Aristotle, and Animals: The Role of Fables in Human Life. From TNR, a review of books on Raymond Carver. From Evergreen Review, a review of Naked Lunch @ 50: Anniversary Essays; and a review of Beats at Naropa: An Anthology. An interview with creator of feminist sleuth VI Warshawski Sara Paretsky on fiction, power and the open case of race in America. A review of Jenny Woolf's The Mystery of Lewis Carroll. On the social muse: Contemporary poetry is woefully limited by its over-reliance on the lyric form, but the lyric itself is today further reduced by the absence of the dramatic element, by the loss of voices (and of milieux) other than the poet’s own. Simon Van Booy reviews The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman. Relentless careerism: Jim Behrle on how you can become the most important poet in America overnight. Why don’t Jews write more fantasy literature, and a different, deeper but related question: why are there no works of modern fantasy that are profoundly Jewish in the way that, say, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is Christian? A review of Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher by Peter Stanlis. A review of Dostoevsky: Language, Faith, and Fiction by Rowan Williams. Will the real Zadie Smith please stand up? From NYRB, Margaret Atwood reviews Anthill by E.O. Wilson; and Cathleen Schine on Austenolatry. From Humanities, a recollection of Wallace Stegner; and an article on Ben-Hur, the book that shook the world. Paul Johnson on how Leo Tolstoy was kind of a dick. The smuttiest French novel ever written, still shocking 50 years later: A new graphic novel based on Story of O.

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