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Friday, October 25 2013

The Trouble with Fandom and ‘The Elizabethans’

A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.


Friday, July 11 2014

In ‘Proof’, Science Writer Adam Rogers Investigates Booze, and Suffers Gladly for His Art

Should you indulge, I encourage you to pour your favorite tipple, settle into a comfortable chair, open the pages of Proof, and enjoy the "bar moment".


Thursday, July 10 2014

‘Panic in a Suitcase’ Is a Solid Debut from an Immensely Gifted Novelist

Nothing goes unnoticed in Yelena Akhtiorskaya's satire of an immigrant family, and nothing is sacred.


Wednesday, July 9 2014

Paul Gravett Is in the Mood for Love in ‘Comics Art’

Comics Art demonstrates Gravett's deep passion for the world of panels, speech balloons, fine lines and grand colors, subtle shading and transformative images.


Tuesday, July 8 2014

Selina O’Grady’s ‘And Man Created God’ Edifies and Entertains

And Man Created God is an impressively detailed and panoramic survey of how power and piety interacted with one another in the increasingly globalized classical world.


Monday, July 7 2014

‘Famous Baby’ Shows What Happens When It’s Time for Mommy Bloggers to Grow Up

Famous Baby is fun and funny and a bit flawed, just like its two main characters.


Wednesday, July 2 2014

‘Boy in the Twilight: Stories of the Hidden China’ Is both Trivial and Expansive

There is nothing hidden about the world of these stories, and Yu Hua’s writing is defined by its plainspoken voice and depiction of quotidian lives.


Tuesday, July 1 2014

William T. Vollmann’s Words to Howl at Death

The success of the 32 restless, spectral stories in Last Stories and Other Stories depends upon whether Vollmann can sustain in-depth soul-searching.


Monday, June 30 2014

Amy Bloom’s ‘Lucky Us’ Tells the Tale of (Several) American Hustles

Nothing is quite what it seems to be in Lucky Us, a story of survival in '40s-era America.


Friday, June 27 2014

‘What Is Visible’ Is an Extraordinary Imaginative Feat

In this re-imagining of Laura Bridgman's life, we enter a vivid world, albeit one deprived of sight, sound, smell, and taste.


Thursday, June 26 2014

Wherein Futurists and Anti-Futurists Lock Horns

Economists routinely fail to predict GDP or oil prices, and they do even worse at boom and bust cycles. In 100 Years, they attempt to predict the future.


Wednesday, June 25 2014

Stephen King, ‘Mr. Mercedes’, and Our Love of Literary Junk Food

Why can't a reader enjoy both Stephen King and Alice McDermott? Fancy Michelin critics have been known to go wild for Shake Shack, after all.


Monday, June 23 2014

‘K-Pop Now!’ Is the Literary Equivalent of a K-Pop Disco Night

Gangnam Style is only the tip of the iceberg, as this handy, lavishly illustrated introduction to Korean pop reveals.


Friday, June 20 2014

On Finding Arab Gulf Identity in ‘the Space Between’

Tribal Modern neither wallows in nostalgia for a lost past, nor is fundamentally critical of processes of globalization and modernization.


Thursday, June 19 2014

A Poet Perfectly at Ease: ‘The Letters of Robert Frost’

Known for his evocative use of place, Robert Frost's work, once out of fashion, is enjoying a renaissance, as seen in this impressive volume.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

‘China Dolls’ Is Elegant, Lively, and for Some, Educational

Lisa See draws the difficulties of friendship among three women, complicated by impending world war and a racist society.


Tuesday, June 17 2014

So a Police Officer and a Cosmopolitan Liberal Walk into a Bar…

Like it or not, cops are agents of social change.The Streets of San Francisco explores their lasting and far-reaching role in shaping liberal politics and attitudes.


Monday, June 16 2014

Some Semblance of the Truth Might Be Found in Todd Snider’s ‘I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like’

Todd Snider's rollicking stories of his years in the music business might not be the whole truth, as he admits, but they're close enough.


Friday, June 13 2014

Imagine If Crass Was Funny: ‘Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables’

Told efficiently the veteran chronicler of punk, Alex Ogg, this story reveals that the American underground in the late '70s could match the best of the British punks.


Thursday, June 12 2014

‘Beheading the Virgin Mary’ Ambles Through Irish-to-Scot Emigration

From the legacy of The Troubles and Irish-Catholic assimilation, McLaughlin follows the way his early life has transpired, and plots his own direction.


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