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...

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).