Displaying articles for: June 2013

Kristopher Jansma

On devotion, malice, and the pursuit of "something new" in fiction.



Sheila Heti

Stories of duality and contrast from the author of How Should a Person Be?



Domenica Ruta

The author of With or Without You on memoirs as revealing and captivating as her own.



Anton DiSclafani

On journeys to prewar London, Kyoto's gardens, and an Oregon orchard.



Dean Koontz

The suspense master on five books his beloved character Odd Thomas would recommend.



Colum McCann

The author of the new novel TransAtlantic on his other favorite books of this year.



April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.