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An Artful Discussion About 'The Art of Death'

Edwidge Danticat examines ways we leave the world as seen through her life and the narratives of other great writers.

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Humor and Hysteria in Thomas Pynchon's 'Bleeding Edge'

Thomas Pynchon keeps his humor abundant, but he tempers it, in this look back at our very recent national past, with serious contemplation of what we do when we log on.

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America's Funny Book Filter: 'Comic Books and American Cultural History: An Anthology'

The comics medium has long been as broad as fiction, a mode of expression which reflects the deepest parts of an artist’s self to a corporation cashing in on a trend.

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'The Love We Make' Is One for the Vaults

You gotta know when to roll 'em, know when to cut 'em, and know when to let it be.

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A Compelling 9/11 Narrative From an Unlikely Source

If The 9/11 Commission Report has anything to tell us, it’s that here, too, narrative remains if not always consoling then essential -- a victory of humanity over fear.

David L. Ulin - Los Angeles Times (MCT)
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The Strokes' 'Is This It' Ten Years Later

After 9/11, the Strokes offered rock escapism, three minutes at a time and they were not just a rock band, they were a New York rock band.

Loren Heger
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'The Weekend': Terrorism Without Any Terror

The Weekend is a light and superficial novel that side-steps the core issues of the subject matter, terrorism, leaving readers feeling still hungry after eating a full-course meal.

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An American Microcosm Captured in Gish Jen's 'World and Town'

World and Town offers a bit of a microcosm of small town life and how it reacts to the transgressions of the rest of the world upon it.

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'The Oath': American Intelligence Gets it Wrong

With The Oath, director Laura Poitras highlights the contradictions and failures of America's "war on terror".

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Life Between Two Deaths, 1989-2001, by Phillip E. Wegner

Wegner depicts this period in recent history as open to all possibilities, possibilities that come crashing down with the World Trade Center attacks and the subsequent War on Terror.

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A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

Moore’s reputation is for mastery of the short story. This book, almost 10 years in the making, should establish her as a master of the novel, as well.

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The Dark Side by Jane Mayer

As Mayer recounts in her history of what followed 9/11, Cheney was ready for this scenario because he'd been "secretly practicing for doomsday."

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Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

This superb small novel isn’t about war or politics at all, but about, in the face of guilt and horror, choosing whether to die and how, if that is the choice, to live.

Michael Antman
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Fading to Grey: Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky has peered into the abyss of the future with the eye of a true skeptic. And being the intellectual he is I am sure that he has revelled in the abyss staring back at him in an equally skeptical manner.

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