Displaying articles for: June 2010

Every Man in This Village is a Liar

The personal transformations that result from a reporter's years covering strife in the Middle East.


The Life of Irene Nemirovsky

The tumultuous, tragic life and death of the author of Suite Française.


Blonde Bombshell

Highly evolved alien dogs, a beautiful businesswoman, and a spy named Mark Twain figure in a delirious science-fiction farce.


Absence of Mind

In a challenging work, the novelist tangles atheists and Darwinians to celebrate to the inner life and the expansive self.


Dreamers of a New Day

A new look at the pioneers of women's rights, from Emma Goldman to Ida Tarbell, and their lasting legacy.


Walks with Men

In Ann Beattie's latest novella, a young writer (much like the author) receives a misleading tutorial.


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

This girl tastes life's flavors more intently than most.


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.