Displaying articles for: August 2011

Alexandra Fuller

Reading to unveil the inner life of Africa.

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Lev Grossman

The author of The Magician King recommends three books about codes of manners, codes of honor, and codebreakers.

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Dave Stewart

A songsmith traces his storytelling roots.

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Vanessa Carlton

The singer-songwriter picks books she'd travel a thousand miles to read.

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Jane Fonda

Three illuminating reads, chosen by the actress and author.

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Chick Corea

A musical legend on reading for relaxation -- and inspiration.

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Grant Morrison

Three recommendations from the comic book writer's shelves.

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April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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.