For Argument’s Sake

For Argument’s Sake: Essays on Literature and Culture is a collected volume of forty-five pieces I wrote on a range of books, films, and cultural events between 2009 and 2013. The collection includes everything from reviews to blog posts, from short essays to peer-reviewed articles. As I write in the author’s note at the start of the book, I brought them all together and republished them with the intention of “retrieving them from the black hole of the archive,” to make them more easily available to readers who might find them useful.

You can purchase a print copy of For Argument’s Sake by clicking the link above or the cover image. In the spirit of furthering the intentions behind the book, however, I have also made its entire contents available for free in PDF format. Below is a list of almost everything that appears in the book, minus the author’s note and the acknowledgements. Just click on any of the titles to access an exact reproduction of a given chapter. If you have questions or comments, feel free to email me at danieldaviswood [at] gmail [dot] com.

For Argument’s Sake: Table of Contents

  • What Need?
    On the supposed “need” for fictional storytelling
  • Doctorow by Half
    On E.L. Doctorow’s All the Time in the World: New and Selected Short Stories
  • Alive on the Page
    On the novels, short stories, essays, and legacy of David Foster Wallace