Displaying articles for: November 2010

In the Lap of the Gods

The story of an abandoned child and an unlikely rescue is told in the shadow of China's massive Three Gorges Dam project.


Mourning Diary

The notes of a legendary thinker experiencing, and reflecting on grief in both personal and universal terms.


Must You Go?

A memoir of the celebrated author's explosive, enduring partnership with the Nobel Laureate.


A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

A comprehensive new guide to the voices that carried the twentieth century's tune.


In Tearing Haste

The correspondence between Mitford sister and intrepid travel writer captures two fascinating personalities at work and play.


National Ransom

The latest from the style-shuffling artist looks to the music of hard times past to sing the blues for the present.


Venice: Pure City

A gondola ride through the wonders of "La Serenissima," equal parts love letter and historical tour.


April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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.