Book Review: The Dangerous Wane of American Communitarianism

(This is not intended as part of the League’s ongoing Inequality Symposium, but it’s not wholly unrelated either. For the Symposium posts so far, click here.) No member of the Washington, DC journalism crowd inspires such widespread affection as E.J. Dionne. Meet E.J. and you’ll be charmed—to know him is to love him. It is…

‘The First Law’ Trilogy Is Fantasy At Its Finest

I’ve finished Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. And may I just say that this is some truly wonderful fantasy? Because it is truly wonderful fantasy, easily some of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Abercrombie’s characters are marvelous and full of depth, and you’re never quite sure…

The Art of Magic in Fiction: An Interview with Lev Grossman

Fantasy is a genre dominated by sword-and-sorcery epics, mysterious dragons, and tyrannical sorcerers.  Few fantasy novels have joined the ranks of ‘great’ literature, and fewer still have crossed over into the contemporary literature aisle.  The Lord of the Rings has of course become iconic, and the Harry Potter books were inexplicably popular among non-fantasy readers. But when…