Steven G. Kellman

Steven G. Kellman is the author of The Restless Ilan Stavans: Outsider on the Inside and American Suite. He teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Leaves of Sass

Though Sonny Bravo, the narrator of The Flowers, is 15, Dagoberto Gilb’s novel-his second, after The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña (1994)-is not being marketed as young-adult fiction. The story of a vato with attitude, the book is more … Read More


Studs on Studs

He is beloved “Uncle Studs” to many who grew up listening to WFMT, the Chicago radio station that broadcast his eclectic daily mix of music and interviews from 1952 to 1997. To anyone who has ever heard his raspy, empathetic … Read More


Rendering Caesar

What might distinguish assassination from an ordinary offing is that its victim has a bodyguard. If so, the violent incident on March 15, 44 B.C. was merely bloody murder. Despite portents of misfortune, Caius Julius Caesar was not shielded by … Read More


Applied Blunderology

Um … Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean Charged by God to tell old Pharaoh, “Let my people go,” Moses tried to shirk the chore. In The Ten Commandments, Charlton Heston, who later talked thousands into joining … Read More


Cormac McCarthy Imagines the End

The Road This is the way the world ends—not with a bang, but two guys on the open road. True, it is not quite open, since the tarmac in spots has buckled and the occasional capsized tractor-trailer impedes easy passage. … Read More


Dissenting from the Work Ethic

Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America If a university is an intellectual banquet, four years hardly suffice to nibble a tray of tapas. Yet, anxious to improve institutional efficiency, academic administrators are taking extraordinary … Read More


Levy Does America

American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville Alexis de Tocqueville was not the first French writer to tour the United States and then commit his impressions to print. His illustrious uncle René de Chateaubriand preceded him by forty … Read More


Joan of Arc of Texas

Katherine Anne Porter: The Life of an Artist Dubbed “Joan of Arc of Texas” by Christopher Isherwood, Katherine Anne Porter was a creature of burning ambitions. As a child in Kyle, she identified with the sainted French martyr, to the … Read More


Further Tribulations of Job

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American DreamBy Barbara Ehrenreich If only the Tsar knew…. For centuries, serfs took consolation in the belief that the wrongs they suffered were local aberrations, beyond the ken of the benevolent monarch. … Read More