Tuesday, January 25 2011
Tucked into this wide-ranging list of comics collections, retro-inspired literature and cross-overs, are glimmers of something sweet, something to temper the usual Literary Drearies we all love and appreciate. And that’s just the way it should be.
Thursday, January 21 2010
More than half of the titles in this year’s selections offer grim portraits of the human condition, some with more wit and optimism than others, and a surprising number of legendary authors complete the portraiture and theme.
Friday, January 11 2013
Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?
Tuesday, October 12 2010
Here is Philip Roth in his familiar, brutal finery, his most biting and honest eloquence: the great existential wondering which has tormented so many of his characters.
Tuesday, November 10 2009
Simon Axler, a stage and screen actor of near legendary stature, has earned the “reputation as the last of the best of the classical American stage actors.” The novel begins: “He’d lost his magic.”
Monday, October 8 2007
No one can complain that Philip Roth, of all authors, is politically correct, or that he pretends to be something other than his highly sexualized, readily outraged, and coruscatingly intelligent self.
Tuesday, May 23 2006
Everyman is of a piece with Roth's oeuvre and yet somehow distinct and unique.
Wednesday, October 6 2010
Perhaps one of the keys to aging as a writer, Philip Roth is saying, is how one engages with calamity. Certainly, that's an issue in his latest novel, Nemesis.
Wednesday, October 8 2008
Philip Roth excavates and reimagines his life the way Balzac channeled Paris, Dickens reproduced London, and, perhaps most aptly, Heinrich Schliemann dug up Troy --…