Displaying articles for: October 2011

An Everlasting Meal

A book of gastronomic meditation that lingers over food the way guests linger at a good dinner party.


Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America

A bracing account of one man's decades-long struggle to stanch urban violence.


The Isle of Blood

An apprentice in the disciple of "monstrumology" must choose between an ordinary life and the thrill of the hunt.



The lead singer of the Decembrists pens a novel filled with characters you might find in one of his songs.


The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Something strange is afoot in this new novel about a "B student with a body count."


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.