Deciphering a cigarette with Joseph Frank (Notebook) , April 2013, 76
A look at the legacy of literary scholar and Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank (1918–2013).
Chekhov's enlightenment (Features) , November 2012, 20
On the life, evolution, and legacy of Anton Chekhov.
He heard the screams (Books) , November 2010, 65
A review of Whittaker Chambers: The Spirit of a Counterrevolutionary (Library Modern Thinkers Series) by Richard M. Reinsch II
Empathy with us (Books) , June 2010, 69
A review of Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (The Public Square) by Martha C. Nussbaum
Unmasking the unmaskers (Notebook) , February 2010, 76
On the uses & abuses of the Great Books.
The lingering stench: airing Stalin’s archives (Features) , March 2009, 10
On Inside the Stalin Archives by Jonathan Brent.
Thugland (Books) , February 2008, 71
On Motherland: A Philosophical History of Russia, by Lesley Chamberlain.
Sideshadows: The determination of free will (Features) , May 2005, 17
On the complexities of the human experience.
The art & life of Dostoevsky (Books) , June 2002, 83
A review of Dostoevsky: the mantle of the prophet, 1870-1881 by Joseph Frank.
Isaac Babel's genre of silence (Books) , January 2002, 61
A review of The Complete Works of Isaac Babel
How did Dostoevsky know? (Features) , May 1999, 21
On totalitarianism, evil & intellectuals
“Absolute nonsense”—Gogol's tales (Books) , November 1998, 65
On The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol, translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky