Articles by Christian Kriticos

January 6, 2017

James Joyce and the Yuletide Epiphany 2

What Joyce presents us with in “The Dead” is a true, unidealized epiphany. In the real world epiphanies are hard — we do not have literal ghosts and angels to gently guide us towards them. And that is why Joyce’s story is the perfect coda for the holiday season.

December 29, 2016

A Reading Resolution 2

I learned more from Isaacson’s biography than I have from a single book in a long time.

September 8, 2016

Made of Sterner Stuff: On Roald Dahl and ‘Love From Boy’ 0

One gets the sense that it was inevitable that Roald Dahl would become a great writer.

August 31, 2016

An Invitation to Hesitate: John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’ at 70 17

In our current age, in which every refresh of the Web browser brings a new story of tragedy, to be forgotten as quickly as it appeared, it seems that Hiroshima is as relevant as ever. Drone warfare is now a simple fact of life, and the nuclear threat still very much exists.

April 5, 2016

Origin Stories: The Darker Side of J.R.R. Tolkien 0

The Story of Kullervo, the first known prose work by Tolkien, is to be published this week in the United States, offering fans of Middle Earth a chance to read what may be one of the earliest sources for Tolkien’s quintessential literary fantasy realm.

February 29, 2016

Animals Emoting: The Millions Interviews Yann Martel 4

You mistreat animals, you eventually will mistreat human beings. If you’re casual to animal life you will eventually be casual to human life.

June 11, 2015

Hapworth Revisited: On J.D. Salinger’s Most Inscrutable Short Story 6

The story remains something of a baffling enigma: branded as unreadable by critics, and never republished, only the most dedicated Salinger devotees bother to track it down and slog through it.