Displaying articles for: November 2009

Salt to Taste

The chef-owner of the restaurants Hearth and Insieme offers a guide to the building blocks of sophisticated cooking. Read more...

Polar Obsession

Paul Nicklen's photography yields a visionary catalog of life at the ends of the earth. Read more...

Twisted Tree

A South Dakota town caught in the spotlight of a tragedy is revealed through a chorus of American voices that call to mind William Faulkner's Mississipians. Read more...

Hard Rain Falling

Down and out in Portland and San Francisco. Read more...

The Mower

That Andrew Motion's stately work has been slow to arrive on this side of the pond is a sad reminder of how much fine poetry Americans routinely miss... Read more...

The Lieutenant

Americans have often glorified the "First Encounter" of colonizing Europeans with indigenous people. Read more...

The Black Hole War

At the conceptual edge of astrophysics, two titans of the field battle over the shape of the universe. Read more...

Fall

On her fourth record, the popular vocalist and songwriter reveals some sharp edges. Read more...

The Ghosts of Belfast

A former IRA hit man is sent on a final mission -- by the shades of his victims. Read more...

Ford County

A collection of short stories from the celebrated master of the legal thriller offer a take on Faulkner's imagined Mississippi. Read more...

Farber on Film : The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber

Three and a half decades of a pathbreaking critic's work on film from Fuller to Fassbinder. Read more...

Poem Strip

At the end of the '60s, hedonism and terror collided with each other. Read more...

Revolution 1989

Why did the Berlin Wall fall precisely twenty years ago this month? Or is that even the right question? Read more...

Liar

A young woman's predilection for untruth hides an even more unsettling secret. Read more...

The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York

No matter the book or the artwork, Matteo Pericoli always celebrates unique points of view only he could provide, be it the undulating perimeter of Manhattan Island from its rivers; one of his children’s book characters; or a 397-foot, block-plus-long mural featuring architectural highlights from 70 cities from around the globe for John F. Kennedy International Airport. Read more...

The Way of the World

In Francophone countries, Nicolas Bouvier (1929–98) has the reputation of Bruce Chatwin: stylist extraordinaire and philosopher of travel. Read more...

Finch

From the author of City of Saints and Madmen, a detective story set in a shadowy city ruled by fungal invaders. Read more...

Crude World

A harrowing look at the conditions and consequences of the industrialized world's insatiable demand for oil. Read more...

Signal Morning

Will Cullen Hart returns to the sonic playground of Circulatory System, and to the balancing act between experiment and indulgence. Read more...

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.