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July 2014

I Was Poisoned by Arnold Lobel’s Children’s Fable, ‘Frog and Toad’

Lobel could have done his little gay readers an immeasurable and un-parallelled service. Instead, he set us up for perpetual disappointment.


‘Cornbread Nation 7: The Best of Southern Food Writing’ Is American Regionalism at Its Finest

A splendid collection of tales of Southerners traveling abroad and children of immigrants living in the South and reflecting on their heritage.


June 2014

Novella Carpenter’s ‘Gone Feral’ Departs Radically from Her Prior Books

Now a parent herself, Carpenter asks how her father, such a gifted man, became so ruined.


The 2009 Book that Foretold the (Possible) Collapse of Post-American Iraq

Thomas Ricks's 2009 book The Gamble predicted that the 'surge' was far from the end of the Iraq War.


Robert Louis Stevenson’s Monster Inches a Little Closer

Daniel Levine finds the unique in what we thought was very familiar.


Joe Strummer: Punk-Rock Shapeshifter

Joe Strummer cycled through a wardrobe's worth of personas in his career; but it never changed his fundamental authenticity or optimism.


May 2014

Dublin Writers Festival 2014: Where the Disappeared Lie

These two events grappled energetically with Ireland’s scruffily banging-through post-Celtic Tiger present and the not-so-buried wounds of its terrorized past.


Dublin Writers Festival 2014: The State of Crime

This packed-room symposium quickly turned from three writers talking about their novels to a thoughtful state of the union on the purposes and thrills of modern crime fiction.


Dublin Writers Festival 2014: On Making Artful Fiction Out of History

Little can put you more in the proper mood for book-minded conversation than the faint drizzle and grey skies of Ireland.


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.


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