Declarations of Independence  

What Are Intellectuals Good For? by George Scialabba Pressed Wafer, 2009, 252 pp., $15, paper I MADE MY FIRST acquaintance with George Scialabba’s work under unfortunate circumstances. It was the fall of 1995, and a colleague e-mailed me to complain …







Great Books and Good Intentions  

Someone at Columbia University owes David Denby an honorary degree. As matters now stand, he’s already received a B.A. from Columbia College, where, in 1961, he began his undergraduate career by taking Columbia’s pair of required courses in Western literature …