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Dan Barrett
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I am a freelance writer and teacher who lives in New York.


Thursday, April 10 2014

Off Course by Michelle Huneven

If you haven't yet read a Michelle Huneven novel, what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, March 25 2014

In Blake Bailey's 'The Splendid Things We Planned', a Family Resembles a Den of Lions

Have you ever wondered why biographer Blake Bailey has chosen to write at length about three notably disturbed men of letters?

Wednesday, March 19 2014

O, Lorrie Moore, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways...

Lorrie Moore resists the current trend of publishing a story collection with a central theme or gimmick. Hers are simply the products of random bolts of inspiration.

Monday, February 17 2014

'Death of the Black-Haired Girl' Will Get Under Your Skin

Robert Stone has set his terrific new novel at a fictional school called "Amesbury". But don't be fooled. The institution he indicts is Yale University.

Sunday, November 3 2013

'At the Bottom of Everything' Shows Its Author's Promise

Ben Dolnick is a young writer from, Brooklyn, and he is the real thing. His gift for metaphors deserves recognition. He writes with humor and intellectual rigor.


Wednesday, March 12 2014

Is Laura Wilder's 'Little House' Series Right for Kids These Days?

Should the fact of Laura Wilder's dated prejudices lead us to abandon Little House and its sequels?

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