Displaying articles for: March 2010

The Cannibal Film Genre

One of the most notorious episodes of the pioneering era offers a chance to consider the history of a perennial, if shadowy, film subject. Read more...

Satch, Dizzy and Rapid Robert

Before Jackie Robinson integrated the major leagues, white and black players met in contests that history has largely forgotten. Read more...

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

An enigmatic tragedy is the catalyst for this tale of a girl's negotiation of her multi-ethnic identity. Read more...

Us: Americans Talk About Love

A collection of personal stories which celebrate the wild variety of the universal passion. Read more...

Small Press Spotlight: Soft Skull Press

Punk brashness meets literary ambition in this most unusual and influential of small publishers.

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Making Toast

A family regroups, and grandparents must re-learn old roles, in Roger Rosenblatt’s touching memoir. Read more...

Backing Into Forward

Jules Feiffer recollects his years as a young cartoonist, finding a voice in the pages of the Voice. Read more...

Three Days Before the Shooting . . .

A new edition of Ralph Ellison’s unfinished second novel, a monumental story of politics and violence in America.

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Girl Power

A veteran of the riot grrl scene looks back on a short-lived, but groundbreaking musical movement. Read more...

The Battery

From the Leyden Jar to the ubiquitous Double-A, a history of unseen power. Read more...

Small Press Spotlight: Graywolf

The diverse catalog of one of the longest-lived among "indie" publishers.

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Apparition and Late Fictions

A funeral director's tales of death, and life.

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Wild Child

Tales of men and women trapped by drink, love, obsession, and other -- mostly self-made -- prisons. Read more...

Kingdom of the Spiders

Shatner plus spiders equals a B-movie pleasure. Read more...

Nightwatching

A most painterly of filmmakers takes on the artist who has informed so much of his work. Read more...

Small Press Spotlight: Underland

In the first of several features on small publishing houses, Paul Di Filippo looks at the eclectic output of Underland Press 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.