Some recent short essays I've liked...
- Printculture on Yahoo! News and our fascination with the body
- The Reading Experience on "psychological realism"
- Yankee Pot Roast on the representations of women in certain male-authored fiction [via Bookslut]. I am unsure whether, in light of TRE's essay above, the flaws satirized by YPR necessarily count as artistic failures, but it's funny to laugh at these authors anyway.
- Bruce Schneier on the REAL ID Act