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The Butterfly and the Scorpion: 'Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake'
This biography of James Whistler is full of sharp notes of detail and anecdotes that help one glean various shades of his inscrutable personality [24.Apr.14]
'The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson' Is a Revelatory Dissection of What It Was to Be a Gay Movie Star
Beyond tales of who slept with whom and who wrecked whose marriage, this is a unique character study of Henry Willson, who was a genius in his own right. [24.Apr.14]
'On Such a Full Sea' Challenges Our Notion of Free Will, but Leaves So Much More Unchallenged
What are we willing to trade off in order to have a steady income, food on one’s plate and a house over one’s head? [23.Apr.14]
Father and Son = Author and Reader in 'A Fairy Tale'
Jonas T. Bengtsson takes us down unexpected paths, reminding us that life is too complex for us to assume we know how things will turn out. [23.Apr.14]
One Need Only Bring Gumption and Goodwill to 'The Art of Simple Food II'
Even the most experienced cooks, gardeners or not, stand to learn a great deal from The Art of Simple Food II. [23.Apr.14]
Reviews
This biography of James Whistler is full of sharp notes of detail and anecdotes that help one glean various shades of his inscrutable personality [24.Apr.14]
Beyond tales of who slept with whom and who wrecked whose marriage, this is a unique character study of Henry Willson, who was a genius in his own right. [23.Apr.14]
What are we willing to trade off in order to have a steady income, food on one’s plate and a house over one’s head? [23.Apr.14]
Jonas T. Bengtsson takes us down unexpected paths, reminding us that life is too complex for us to assume we know how things will turn out. [22.Apr.14]
Mona Simpson’s novels, always sensitive and complex, have only become more so with time, acquiring the depth only a seasoned writer can proffer. [22.Apr.14]
This vigorous interdisciplinary approach brings a revealing new perspective to a well-worn classic of American literature. [21.Apr.14]
The beloved McSweeney's is stripped of its Internet cloak and laid before us on the bare, naked pages of print. [21.Apr.14]
Nickolas Butler’s golden-toned Bon Iver-inspired novel about four friends in a small Wisconsin town has gorgeous intent, but too little purpose. [20.Apr.14]
News
By Hector Tobar
This is surely one of most honest, compelling and strangest books about the relationship between a writer and his subject ever penned by an American scribe. [03.Apr.14]
Features
By Matthew Algeo
In the late 1800s, America’s most popular spectator sport wasn’t baseball, boxing, or horseracing—it was competitive walking. Indeed, when a New York arena overbooked, fans rioted. [10.Apr.14]
By Kembrew McLeod
From Benjamin Franklin's hoax about the the death of his rival to Abbie Hoffman’s attempt to levitate the Pentagon to Stephen Colbert’s “news reporting”, pranksters, hoaxers, and con artists use humor to underscore larger, pointed truths about society. [03.Apr.14]
Columns
Re:Print
Hugh Fleetwood's chilling and dark mysteries deal with psychologically damaged characters, ones whose actions are usually the result of some personality disorder often undisclosed to everyone but the reader. [30.Mar.14]
Re:Print
Who will choose this enriching and rewarding removal from reality TV and manufactured distraction? Who will walk the course mapped in these heady pages, along a sobering path of self-awareness of our fragile presence surrounded by darkness and mystery? [27.Mar.14]
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