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Publications of students from “On Book Reviewing” in Spring, 2015

François Kiper
"The Froth Estate: VICE’s Cult of Immersion" Los Angeles Review of Books, 21 March 2015

Evelina Mendelevich
"'The Big Green Tent' by Ludmila Ulitskaya" Chicago Tribune, 19 November 2015

Stefania Porcelli
"Texts Waiting for History: William Shakespeare Re-Imagined" by Miguel Ramalhete Gomes, Memoria di Shakespeare, pp. 215-217, December 2015. 


From Past Courses:

Yulia Greyman

"Literary Mixtapes: PW Talks with John Keene," Publishers Weekly, Mar 27, 2015

Review: "Kidding Ourselves" by Joseph T. Hallinan Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2014

"Contents of Consciousness: PW Talks with Kimberly Elkin" Publishers WeeklyMar. 21, 2014

"In the Land of the Free Brain" Open Letters Monthly

"Answers to All Our Questions: PW Talks with Sarah Cromwell" Publishers Weekly, Oct. 25, 2013

“Book Review: An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky” Open Letters Monthly, Sept. 6, 2013

“A Prose Piece for Your Gaps: Robert Walser's Short Works” Open Letters Monthly, Sept. 1, 2013

“In Prague on an Errand” Open Letters Monthly, Aug. 1, 2013


Anna King

“American Savage by Dan Savage,” Time Out New York, May 22, 2013

“The Fog of Pot," Los Angeles Review of Books, August 3, 2013

"Marijuana Gets the Green Light," Los Angeles Review of Books, May 25, 2014


Evelina Mendelevich

“Homo Sovieticus,” Open Letters Monthly, September 2013


Tom Moran

"The Man in the Bowler Hat," The Wall Street Journal

The Joy of Pain by Richard H. Smith, The Chicago Tribune, August 16, 2013

"Room 1219" by Greg Merritt, The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2013

"The Man He Became" by James Tobin, The Chicago Tribune, December 5, 2013

"Pat and Dick" by Will Swift, The Chicago Tribune, January 12, 2014

Malcolm Cowley's Letters, The Chicago Tribune, February 23, 2014 
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The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan, The Chicago Tribune, May 11, 2014 

Jeff Peer

“The Young Magician, Practicing his Tricks,” The Millions, June 24th, 2013

“A Literary Hedonist in the Classroom: On Professor Borges,” The Millions, August 9th, 2013

"The Revenant's Theatre: On Daniel Alarcón's At Night We Walk in Circles," The Millions, November 7, 2013


Jane Shmidt

‘“A Reputable Outlaw.”’ Touche: The Duel in Literature by John Leigh. Open Letters Monthly, 1 August 2015

“The Pangs.” On Romantic Love by Berit Brogaard. Open Letters Monthly, 1 June 2015

“Review: Rosamund Bartlett's translation of 'Anna Karenina.'” The Chicago Tribune, 12 December 2014

“A Place Out of a Story Book.” The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal. Open Letters Monthly, 1 March 2014

“Muses Far From Home.” The Scent of Pine by Lara Vapnyar. Open Letters Monthly, 1 January 2014

“Traveling Heavy by Ruth Behar,” Bookslut, May 2013


Guest Lecturers in the Course

February 7: Michael Shae, The New York Review of Books

February 21: Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times Book Review.

February 28: Henry Finder, The New Yorker

March 7: Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times

March 14: Ann Kjerllberg, The New York Review of Books.

March 21: Radhika Jones, Time

April 4: Robert Messenger, The Wall Street Journal.

April 18: Steven Metcalf, author and reviewer.

April 25: Hugh Eakin, The New York Review of Books.

May 2: Colm Toibin, author and reviewer.

May 9: Mark Lilla, author and reviewer.

May 16: Daphne Merkin, author and reviewer.


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