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Jeff Tompkins
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Jeff Tompkins is a writer and artist in New York City. The Night Friends, his first novel, was published in 2012, and in 2013 he released Picture Show, an artist’s book project based on an Osip Mandelstam poem.

Twitter: @Jeff_Tompkins
Website: http://jefftompkins.net


Columns

Thursday, November 14 2013

John Updike Gives the Mundane Its Beautiful Due

Depending on whom you listen to, God, or the devil, is in the details, and that's exactly where John Updike's talent lies, too.


Wednesday, September 25 2013

The Connoisseur of Crime, John D. MacDonald, Is Shadowing the E-Book World

Available again in ebook form, the crime classic Stephen King called "one of the greatest American novels of the 20th century", The End of Night, is ready for rediscovery by a new generation of readers.


Reviews

Monday, February 10 2014

Artistic Struggle the 19th Century Russian Way

Stephen Walsh finds the human drama in Musorgsky and His Circle, the story of "a commando unit of Russian composers forcing themselves on the attention of an unsuspecting world."


Wednesday, July 10 2013

Her Life to Live: Albertine Sarrazin's 'Astragal'

This short novel, rooted in some of the grungiest, grimiest levels of experience, is an affecting parable of spiritual progress.


Thursday, May 30 2013

Nikolai Leskov Gets His Due in This New Collection, 'The Enchanted Wanderer'

Translating Leskov's delightfully 'slippery ventriloquism' is the latest project of indefatigable translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, whose renderings of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky have effectively become the new standards over the past two decades.


Tuesday, April 9 2013

Baudelaire’s Paris and Calasso’s Baudelaire: 'La Folie Baudelaire'

Rambling across decades and art forms, Roberto Calasso finds room for jokes about Belgium and digressions on mistresses and breasts.


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