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Past articles by Ryu:

The Shallowness of the Self-Aware Novelist

Andrew Martin’s characters spend a lot of time gently mocking their own privilege. → Read More

The Unsuitable Passions of J.M. Coetzee

The Jesus trilogy is an ambitious, unearthly reckoning with desire and disaster. → Read More

Learning to Love the Mask

Wearing one can save lives. It can also change the way you see the world. → Read More

The President Who Wasn’t There

The message from Donald Trump’s coronavirus press conference was that the buck stops elsewhere. → Read More

Remembering Toni Morrison

Four writers pay tribute to a great American novelist and ground-breaking intellect. → Read More

Gun Culture Has Always Been About White Supremacy

The mass shooting in El Paso reveals the darker undercurrents of the gun control debate. → Read More

The Meaning of Trump’s Historic North Korean Jaunt, in One Image

Theater, thwarted advisers, and a victory for Kim Jong Un → Read More

The Painful Price of Becoming Jackie Chan

A new memoir by the legendary kung fu star reveals what it took to become one of Hong Kong’s greatest sons. → Read More

The Strange Ethics of Killing John Allen Chau

What the violent death of an American missionary on a far-flung island might say about the rest of us → Read More

How Republicans Stole #MeToo

They're speaking the movement's language, but in defense of Brett Kavanaugh. → Read More

The World Beyond Knausgaard

The author of "My Struggle" on political correctness, the weight of history, and why he named his book after Hitler’s memoir → Read More

Naipaul and the World

Criticized as cruel and self-centered, V.S. Naipaul insisted on confronting the hard realities of post-colonial life. → Read More

Gerald Murnane’s Endless Island

What the writer’s unique strain of autofiction says about the Australian condition → Read More

The Madman Summit

Donald Trump. Kim Jong-un. What could go wrong? → Read More

Who’s the Fearless Leader Now?

The Games have always been an exercise in public relations. Trump has only raised the stakes. → Read More

The Tax Bill Spells the End of the Obama Era

How Republicans undid so many of his accomplishments in a single year → Read More

The Gun Control Debate Foreshadowed Trump’s America

The dynamics of the culture wars have caused a persistent helplessness in our politics. → Read More

Why Melville Matters

Jean Giono’s short, unclassifiable book is an ode to "Moby-Dick" and the power of literature to command empathy. → Read More

Maria Bartiromo is unbelievable in this interview with Donald Trump.

The Fox Business Network anchor on Wednesday gave a master class in how to butter up the president, who reciprocated by divulging intimate details of what it was like to order last week’s strike against a Syrian airfield. (“I will tell you, only because you’ve treated me so good for so long,” Trump said, making the transactional nature of the conversation explicit.) The press has already praised… → Read More

Derek Walcott’s Dueling Legacies

When we assess the reputation of a great man, can we still prioritize the work over the life? → Read More