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Friday, January 24 2014

Steven Moore’s Love of Literature Is Infectious

Steven Moore develops layered landscapes of literary history, and deftly brings the reader to the various authors' time and place.


Thursday, January 23 2014

Fanfiction Is Not just for Trekkies Anymore (Not That there’s Anything Wrong with Trekkies)

Can fanfiction be creative and original? Is it always derivative? Does fanfiction violate copyright laws? Is it plagiarism?


Wednesday, January 22 2014

‘The Castle’ Represents the Strange Subgenre of Kafkaesque Comic Books

Franz Kafka's The Castle, as adapted for the gridded page, is fittingly bleak and frustrating, if fascinating and engrossing.


Tuesday, January 21 2014

Peering Through James Wood’s Methodical Lens

The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays is bursting with insightful observations, immaculate connections, and thorough examination, illustrating why Wood is considered a master of his craft.


What Does Paul Auster Do While Sitting in a Blank Room, Faced with a Blank Page?

Travels in the Scriptorium and Man in the Dark offer potent examples of the creative process and how an author struggles with the blank page.


Monday, January 20 2014

‘Detroit City is the Place to Be’ Is Part ‘Blade-Runner’ Travelogue, Part Gen-X Memoir

Detroit is one of America's most notorious clusterfucks. It's also recently emerged as a perceived land of opportunity.


You Can’t Tell Just by Looking, and You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

"You Can Tell Just by Looking" is a fact based book that debunks myths being perpetuated by both heterosexual and homosexual people alike.


Friday, January 17 2014

Peace is a Relative Term: ‘War in Peace: Paramilitary Violence in Europe after the Great War’

On the postwar repercussions of poor diplomacy and inept decision-making in economic and foreign policy that led to the widespread nationalism across Europe during the interwar years.


Nora Ephron Was Taken Away from Us too Soon

The Most of Nora Ephron celebrates this talented writer. If there was a medium in which she could express herself through words, then Ephron was on it.


Thursday, January 16 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About ‘Pulp Fiction’ Can Be Found in This One Handsome Volume

Jason Bailey leaves virtually no stone unturned as he traces Tarantino’s path from being a fellow movie lover to one of the world’s leading directors and the co-creator of one the most influential films.


As Always, the Fuck Is Zipless

Smart and funny, shrewd and bawdy, 40 years after publication, Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying remains timely in its concerns.


Wednesday, January 15 2014

‘Guests on Earth’ Combines Elegant Language with a Strong Sense of Place

Guests on Earth is full of somewhat eccentric but often very likeable characters, thoughtful storylines, and probing questions.


Nathan Wiseman-Trowse’s Authorial Fancy About a Nick Drake Song

Speculation is interesting, but it seems that the best option for someone writing about Nick Drake's "Dreaming England" would be assertiveness, conclusiveness, and definition.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

A Quarter Century After Its Debut, ‘The Twenty-Seventh City’ Merits Our Full Attention

The Twenty-Seventh City, first published in 1988, is shockingly prescient. A reader unaware of the publication date would assume it recent.


‘The Zenith’ Dares Readers to See Revolutionary Vietnam’s Complexity

Duong Thu Huong's grace with words makes The Zenith bearable even as the work marches across dark and confusing territory.


Monday, January 13 2014

Ann Patchett is a Happy Writer and That’s a Rare Breed, These Days

While Ann Patchett has been depressed at least twice, this collection of 22 non-fiction pieces which run the gamut from dogs to divorce, more than lives up to its name.


‘Philomena’ Teases Readers with Glimpses of Larger Plots

This might be advertised as the story of a mother, but it's nothing if not the story of her son.


Friday, January 10 2014

Former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson Becomes a Raconteur and Memoirist—Who Knew?

Mike Tyson has a gift for introspection and storytelling those whom disdain him as some sort of anti-social beast might find surprising.


Affirming Affirmative Action: Randall Kennedy’s Approach to Ending Racial Disparities

With the outcome of Fisher v. University of Texas pending, the question of Affirmative Action looms over us. What is the future?


Thursday, January 9 2014

‘Saturday Night Live’, Chronicled Intelligently

Saturday Night Live and American TV is among the most thorough and engrossing chronicles of SNL’s four decades (so far) on air, giving detailed attention to each era in the program’s history.


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