Lady Chatterley’s Lover tries and fails to have it both ways

Lady Chatterley’s Lover tries and fails to have it both ways

(L-R:) Jack O’Connell and Emma Corrin in Lady Chatterley’s LoverImage: Parisa Taghizadeh/Netflix If you are of a certain age, there’s a possibility you have a special connection to Lady Chatterley’s Lover. No, not the book that was written by D.H. Lawrence in the late 1920s, but remained unavailable until a well-publicized obscenity trial in 1960, … Read more

The Books Briefing: Geoff Dyer, Jennifer Egan

The Books Briefing: Geoff Dyer, Jennifer Egan

There’s something a little sexy about a well-executed negative review. Take Stanley Edgar Hyman’s coyly lethal essay on Edmund Wilson in The Armed Vision. Hyman’s first paragraphs feign modesty, dabble in flattery. His uncensored opinion gets a slow reveal—and when revealed, it’s devastating. The careful dance is outlined in James Atlas’s 1981 article for this … Read more