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Friday, November 15 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.


Thursday, May 26 2011

Mostly Sizzle, Very Little Steak in ‘Look Down, This Is Where It Must Have Happened’

I pretty much hang onto anything that comes from this author’s pen. However, I truly do feel that Niedzviecki is at his sharpest when he’s focused on journalistic works about the nature of the individual immersed in today’s pop culture saturated world.


Thursday, August 12 2010

In the Spirit of ‘What He’s Poised to Do’, An Open Letter to Ben Greenman

Dear Mr. Ben Greenman: I want to run out onto the balcony of my apartment and yell from there how snazzerific, how terrificadelic, how übertastic this book is to the people gathered below.


Sunday, June 13 2010

‘The Love Song of A. Jerome Minkoff’ Continues to Show Just How Talented Joseph Epstein Is

Joseph Epstein, one of the most admired essayists in American literature, turns his focus to storytelling in his latest book.


Monday, May 10 2010

Here’s a Collection That Deserves Attention From Those Who Are Devoted to Short Fiction

When Marisa Silver’s short stories realize they are bursting the bounds of their form, they shut themselves down abruptly, not even permitting themselves the airy stretch of a novella.


Tuesday, March 16 2010

The Living Dead by Various Authors

Both volumes find their writers sizing up the basic appeal of the zombie story: the ability to remake the world in some new charnel-house image. Consistently, both find their writers quite capable of the task.


Sunday, January 17 2010

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams

Marking the birth of post-apocalyptic science fiction with the 1826 publication of Mary Shelley's plague tale The Last Man, Adams proposes that the sub-genre's as old as science fiction itself.


Sunday, November 15 2009

Boston Noir by Dennis Lehane, Ed.

This anthology is a lot like the city it aims to depict: occasionally impressive, at times insincere, and very proud of its quirks and foibles.


Thursday, April 30 2009

I Go To Some Hollow by Amina Cain

At her best, Cain does a remarkable job of precisely evoking the way her characters feel as they give themselves over to the experience of some small, mundane mystery.


Thursday, March 5 2009

Nam Le: To Write or Not to Write an Ethnic Story

The stories are not about arrivals per se, but rather about approximate ideas of authorial arrival, about notions that an imagination, an author from a specific cultural background has arrived in the imagination of its diverse other(s).


Populous with Short Stories: Drawn in Basic (Capsule Reviews) [6.Nov.08]
A Happy Man and Other Stories (Reviews) [21.Jul.08]
Dead Boys by Richard Lange (Reviews) [5.Nov.07]
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