The Vault

The Vault contains more than 400 essays by Ted Gioia on various topics (mostly literary). It is available only to paid subscribers to The Honest Broker

Essay by Ted Gioia In the opening pages of 1Q84, Aomame is rushing to make an appointment. Her taxi is stuck in a traffic jam on a Tokyo expressway. The…
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Essay by Ted Gioia Here is a reasonable rule of thumb for sci-fi readers: if the movie came first, then you can skip the book. But if the book came…
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Essay by Ted Gioia Early in 2007, the Colombian magazine Semana asked a panel of experts to select the 100 best novels in Spanish published during the…
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I grieved when the hero of Paul Auster's novel died on page 180—but especially so because this novel is almost 900 pages long. How would I manage…
When literary critic Wyatt Mason recently ridiculed A Canticle for Leibowitz in the “Sentences” blog he runs for Harper’s, he was amazed at the heated…
What do you want for Christmas? How about something scary? That might seem peculiar to holiday revelers today, but in Victorian England, the Christmas…
I was speaking to an audience in England some years ago, when I was asked: “Why are American sports so violent?” To which I mounted a lukewarm defense…
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