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Michael Antman
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Michael Antman is a two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Balakian Award for Excellence in Reviewing.  He is the author of the novel Cherry Whip (ENC Press, 2004), and recently completed a new novel, Everything Solid Has a Shadow. His website, where most of his writing is collected, is at Michael Antman Author.com.


Features

Tuesday, July 21 2009

John Updike: The Final Ornament

Ever the completist, John Updike had managed to finish his life-long project of drawing and connecting the things of his world. A kind of psychic recycler, he never let anything go to waste.


Thursday, May 28 2009

The Future is an Empty Room

As digital technology consolidates its conquest of the known universe, emptying our living spaces and assimilating our lives, all that will be left in our future is space. Lots and lots of empty space.


Wednesday, January 28 2009

‘Art’: A Diminished Magnificence

Has any other art, even literature or music, ever exceeded the visual arts in its ambition, its richness, and its sheer beauty?


Tuesday, January 20 2009

Linden Frederick and the Magic of Realism

There is a love in Linden Frederick's paintings – a love for, in the broadest sense, civilization and, in the narrowest sense, for the virtues of merely hanging in there.


Wednesday, February 20 2008

A Cooler Head Prevails

A humane and practical corrective to an argument that has grown far too overheated, Cool It is a breath of fresh air that needs to be read by everyone who fears for the future of our world.


Columns

Sunday, May 1 2011

88 Highly Debatable Statements About 'Reality' in 'Reality Hunger'

When I review a book, I like to dog-ear pages that contain interesting passages or noteworthy statements. By the time I was done with Reality Hunger, my paperback was so puffed up by pages that were doubled in width from dog-earing that it looked like I'd dropped it into a hot bath filled with Calgon and then left it to dry on a radiator.


Tuesday, February 22 2011

The Librarians and Barbarians of Laura Bush's Memoir

Laura Bush largely avoided the public slanderings that Nancy Reagan endured and that, to a lesser extent, Michelle Obama is now enduring, even though George W. Bush himself was perhaps the most excoriated President in recent American history. The reasons have something to do with Laura Bush's literary sensibility.


Sunday, December 12 2010

None Are So Blind As Those Who Will Not See: 'The Mind's Eye' by Oliver Sacks

In this telling of his own encounter with blindness, the neurologist and author Oliver Sacks reminds us that there are few human failings worse than taking for granted life and its manifold hidden miracles.


Thursday, October 7 2010

'A Cambodian Odyssey': Haing Ngor Was Among the Most Consequential Actors of His Time

It isn't often that a brutal personal account of mass murder, slavery, torture and the obliteration of a sovereign nation causes a reader to meditate on the art of acting, but then, Haing Ngor's was no ordinary life.


Wednesday, July 14 2010

'A Tale of Love and Darkness': A Child of Israel and the Children of Palestine

Reading narratives of the seemingly intractable Arab-Israeli conflict is like trying to follow the plot of a novel that has had every other page ripped out. Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness has fewer missing pages than most.


Reviews

Wednesday, April 16 2014

On Being Up a Creek with Only a Paddle

Love Is a Canoe is about how people in love will latch onto any floating bit of debris to salvage their sinking relationships.


Sunday, January 27 2013

Re-Rendering in Words What the Artist Rendered in Pigment: 'Always Looking: Essays on Art'

John Updike favored artists who possessed an aesthetic apeal that it was never necessary for viewers to be hectored or intellectually intimidated into admiring. Thus, he explains in hyper-perceptive terms what we already know through our own two eyes.


Wednesday, November 7 2012

The Book That Will Make the Internet Obsolete: 'The Onion Book of Known Knowledge'

Leave it to the bulbous-headed brainiacs at The Onion to cram more meaningful information about our universe into one 250-page book than Google or Bing or Alta Vista can on their seemingly endless web pages.


Thursday, October 11 2012

Oh, Ineffable Dirty Old Man! Tom Wolfe Is Back in 'Back to Blood'

This astonishing lump of pulp about contemporary Miami, modern art and sex, sex, sex, sex and more sex is luridly entertaining and "uuuunnnngohohohonOGHOHHHH!" (that's an actual quote from the book).


Thursday, September 13 2012

The Questions Raised in 'The Life of an Unknown Man' Linger Long After One has Finished Reading

This brief and chillingly brilliant novel is one of the most moving love stories in our recent literature.


Armored [22.Apr.10]
Trouble the Water [13.Sep.09]
The Wrestler [30.Apr.09]

Blogs

Sunday, May 18 2014

Walter Mondale's 'Good Fight'

Walter Mondale is remarkably engaged and up-to-date for a man who held the Vice Presidency more than 33 years ago.


Wednesday, December 2 2009

Trouble the Water

Trouble the Water - Tia Lessin and Carl Deal - Zeitgeist Films [$29.99]


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