Ryu Spaeth

Ryu Spaeth is the deputy editor of The New Republic.

Why Melville Matters

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

Was Grunge Good?

The death of Chris Cornell and the 25th anniversary of the movie "Singles" bring a musical era into focus.

The Camus Investigation

Alice Kaplan’s new book, "Looking for 'The Stranger,'" explores Albert Camus’s fraught relationship with his Algerian homeland.