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A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.11.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

As another academic year begins The Castle's shadow is bringing more and more Kafkaesque darkness to university campuses. That shadow continues to transform our places of higher learning into corporate enclaves in which mindless civility eclipses uncomfortable debate.

The Unbearable Lightness of Prague

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

If Prague were a planet, circling and spinning past the sun, it would be one that sends back light to those who take the time to look. A Mercury or Mars, let's say. Rich and purple and alert for steps upon its soil.

How I Wrote a Novel at Work

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

I am leaving for lunch and will not return, I have a book signing this afternoon and it looks like we have a problem with the venue. See you on Monday!

Before Their Books Were Famous, These Authors Worked the Following Odd Jobs

Meira Bienstock | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

It may seem as though all the famous writers have full-time writing jobs to which boost their chances of their novels selling and hitting the bookshelves. However, by looking through the authors etched in literary history, this is far from the case.

Snowden's Lawyer: Forget About Orwell, Worry About Kafka

Michael Winship | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

"All of this stuff was classified. Not just classified; it was classified at the highest level. These were the secrets that the government said were most critical to keep. But what kind of democracy would we be if the public had never learned of this information?"

Kafka on Campus

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.10.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

Overwhelmed by incessant emails, policy changes, assessment exercises, learning outcomes and mission statements, we don't know where to turn in our search for an education or a meaningful life.

Conflict and Culture at New York's Jewish Museum

Sigmund Freud | Posted 04.26.2014 | Arts
Sigmund Freud

An event at New York's Jewish Museum has been cancelled because Judith Butler's politics are just too controversial. What a sad commentary on the Jewish community's tolerance for debate these days!

Needs a Rewrite: Great Authors' First Draft Revisions

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.06.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

"Moby Dick" Herman Melville "Call me the whale guy a hansom cab Steve Ishmael." "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway "He was an old man ...

Trial Upon Trial

John Feffer | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
John Feffer

Anyone born in Prague later in the 20th century would also understand Kafka and The Trial all too well. Consider, for instance, the Slansky show trial that took place in Prague in 1952.

Have Yourself a Very Melville Christmas: In Which We Review Typee, An Old, Perfect Book

Bernard Radfar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Bernard Radfar

It is a grand shame Typee is neglected, all that reading pleasure given away to books that may not deserve your hours in quite the same way. Even with the best readers I know I get a dumbfounded expression when I bring up Typee.

Datafication Redux II: Evgeny Morosov

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Francis Levy

Evgeny Morosov is a Luddite with a Luddite's true nostalgia for a way of life that has passed. The way of life is what is known as the mitteleuropaish...

Etgar Keret: The Long and Very Short of Fiction

Tom Teicholz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tom Teicholz

Keret, 46, explained that he sees himself as more "a Jewish writer than an Israeli one," because being Jewish, he said, "is my heritage."

The Metamorphosis

Francis Levy | Posted 12.09.2013 | Science
Francis Levy

Let's say you see a water bug. You grab a piece of toilet paper and prepare to crush it. Sensing the cloud over its existence, the water bug scampers...

Kafka's America: Secret Courts, Secret Laws, and Total Surveillance

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live. Where was the judge he had never seen? Where was the High C...

Kafka's Heartbreaking Letter To His Father

Posted 07.03.2013 | Books

Today would have been Franz Kafka's 130th birthday. The following is an excerpt of a letter that Kafka wrote to his father, Hermann Kafka, in 1919. He...

Google Woke Up One Morning Transformed Into A Horrible Vermin

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Technology

On Wednesday morning, Google woke from troubled dreams, and found its logo transformed into a giant cockroach. Google celebrated author Franz Kafka...

LOOK: Kafka For Kids

Matthue Roth | Posted 08.05.2013 | Books
Matthue Roth

A boy who changes into a giant insect. Talking jaguars who debate the philosophical implications of hunting -- and then go hunting anyway. A girl who runs away and becomes the leader of a group of monsters. That's the Kafka my kids discovered and made me realize the scariness, and the beauty, that had been there all along.

Every Woody Allen Stammer From Every Woody Allen Movie

Oliver Noble | Posted 03.26.2013 | Entertainment

Here is every Woody Allen stammer ever from every Woody Allen movie ever. Brace yourselves..... Edited by Ben Craw and Oliver Noble ...

Metamorphoses, Transformations And Other Terrors Of Impermanence

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Stories involving metamorphoses of people into new states of existence are ancient and widely represented in literature and they remain surprisingly commonplace in popular culture.

What Makes Rubens Great?

Daniel Maidman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Q: What makes Flemish painter, diplomat, and scholar Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) great? A: lots of things. Today, I'd like to compare two of his pai...

Kafka, Faith and Atheism: An Interview With Martin Walser

Posted 03.12.2012 | Religion

The European By Alexander Görlach Alexander Görlach of The European sat down with the German writer and intellectual Martin Walser to discuss th...

Evocative Portraits Of Authors

Posted 03.06.2012 | Arts

Many artists allude to their inspirations in their works, and it is no different for artist Carl Kohler, who dedicated his life's work to paying respe...

Two Ounces of Kafka: How a Little Oil Caused a Ton of Trouble

Paul Loeb | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics
Paul Loeb

For years, Seattle salmon fisherman Pete Knutson has developed pioneering environmental alliances between commercial fishermen, Native American tribes...

Unhappy Anniversary, Guantanamo!

Carlos Harrison | Posted 03.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Carlos Harrison

It's been a troubled - some might say, tragic - 10 years for the detention camps at the Guantánamo Naval Base in Cuba. And as they slouch into their 11th year on January 11, there's no end in sight.

Samuel Beckett's Reading List

Posted 12.20.2011 | Books

From This Side of the Pond, Cambridge University Press' Blog Samuel Beckett’s letters are full of the literary names he encountered through his w...