Table of Contents for Falling Upwards : Essays in Defense of the Imagination


Introduction xi
Part One: The Imagination and Its Obstacles
Harry Potter and the Fear of Not Flying
3(14)
A Book of Virtues for the Right-thinking Left
17(9)
Seize the Day Job: Sacrificing Saul Bellow on the Altar of One's Own Career
26(22)
Persecution and the Art of Painting
48(31)
Part Two: Faking It
Prophets of Profit: How Artists Slyly Critique Their Wealthy Patrons
79(5)
From Stalin to SoHo
84(21)
Barbara Kingsolver's Icy Virtue
105(26)
Television and the Pope
131(8)
Updike's Bech
139(12)
The New King of Irony
151(10)
Part Three: Love Me Tonight?
D. H. Lawrence and the Romantic Option
161(9)
Who Is Carrie Bradshaw Really Dating?
170(12)
The Gay Science: Queer Theory, Literature, and the Sexualization of Everything
182(33)
Eyes Wide Shut: What the Critics Failed to See in Kubrick's Last Film
215(17)
Garcia Lorca and the Flight from Desire
232(11)
Part Four: Life in the Paim of Art's Hand
Dante and the Subversive Ego
243(17)
Sundays with The Sopranos
260(19)
A Writer Who Is Good For You
279(11)
Bernard Malamud and the Comprehending Heart
290(11)
The Second Coming of Richard Yates
301(12)
Chekhov's ``Cheap White Bone''
313(10)
Acknowledgments 323(2)
Credits 325(2)
Index 327