Displaying articles for: April 2010

Lighthead

In a new book of poems, the writer dives into his own youth and a nation's troubled history with love and arch wit.

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The Publisher

The creator of Time and Life yearned to stretch beyond words and images and shape the globe.

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Summer Hours

The quiet power of a family drama might resist translation. Read more...

In the Empire of Ice

The celebrated writer on nature sounds a dramatic warning about the future of a fragile ecosystem. Read more...

Caravaggio: Complete Work

A triumphant new collection brings together the paintings of an artist of great mystery -- and perhaps greater genius. Read more...

The Eastern Stars

How a tiny island nation came to be the world's biggest exporter of big league baseball players. Read more...

Kapitoil

A Qatari computer whiz tries to reprogram himself as an American financial genius. Read more...

David Foster Wallace: Becoming Himself

A new book reproduces an extended encounter with an author who fascinated in his art, and his life.

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Dreams in a Time of War

The Kenyan novelist's autobiographical sketch is also the story of how the struggle for independence threatened to pull his people apart.

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2017

A near-future thriller set in a Russia both familiar and strange. Read more...

New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh

The new record from an innovative songwriter and performer resists the boundaries of song. 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.