The Pain of Consciousness: Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

In reading “Notes From Underground” the author of this essay found himself in not unfamiliar territory, as he had read previously Dostoevsky’s most familiar and enduring works: “Crime and Punishment,” “The Idiot,” “The Brothers K-,” and a few others. He was used to, and expecting, characters on the margins of society, desperate men and desperate…

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On Reading Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson, known as the Sage of Concord, stands today as one of the greatest influences in all of our American canon, setting the stage, more than any other, for a delineated map of letters in our country. His influence carries far and wide, and extends loudly into our present day, with any writer…

The Soul of the Invisible Man: A Review of “Underground Airlines” by Ben H. Winters

Topping the list of favorites from many reaches of the book reviewing universe this year has been "Underground Airlines" by Ben H. Winters. This reviewer read it patiently and casually, much like its narration unfolds its story, but found only the occasional high point in what was overall an over-plotted and minimally well-characterized book, and…