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


Reviews

Monday, August 18 2014

Sarah Waters' New Novel May Not Inspire a Thousand Worldwide Celebrations, but It Should

The Paying Guests is a skillful work of genuinely entertaining literary fiction.


Thursday, August 14 2014

'The Mad and the Bad' Is One Helluva Ride

You'll want to investigate some of Jean-Patrick Manchette's zany work before the Colin Firth and Sean Penn "Manchette adaptations" hit the big screen.


Tuesday, July 29 2014

'Fourth of July Creek' Doesn't Live up to Its Janet Maslin Review

This story carries a huge load of ambition, and carries it with intermittent grace and conviction, but its doesn't carry the children well.


Sunday, June 29 2014

Amy Bloom's 'Lucky Us' Tells the Tale of (Several) American Hustles

Nothing is quite what it seems to be in Lucky Us, a story of survival in '40s-era America.


Tuesday, June 24 2014

Stephen King, 'Mr. Mercedes', and Our Love of Literary Junk Food

Why can't a reader enjoy both Stephen King and Alice McDermott? Fancy Michelin critics have been known to go wild for Shake Shack, after all.


Blogs

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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