A Life in Letters – F. Scott Fitzgerald

A letter to a family friend regarding her latest short story: November 9, 1938 Dear Frances: I’ve read the story carefully and, Frances, I’m afraid the price for doing professional work is a good deal higher than you are prepared to pay at present. You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the […]

A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus

Introduction to a A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus from Tom Bissell at Harper’s: In 70 a.d., a few decades after the crucifixion of Jesus, the Roman army destroyed Jerusalem after a long siege. Perhaps no event has had more enduring reverberations. Judaism lost the Second Temple, the site of nearly all its […]

December – Alexander Kluge

Alexander Kluge’s collection of stories December. “He had missed out on all the learning processes in the Stalingrad pocket, had not been subject to the physical emaciation which had already begun in September. He now arrived in the pocket with a fresh view of things. A parachute division, had it been dropped on the winter surface, […]