Displaying articles for: September 2009

The TOON Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics

An anthology for the child (with a stash of well-read comic books) in everyone. Read more...

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

A bibliophile gone bad is the center of this intriguing investigatory work. Read more...

Rose's Heavenly Cakes

An excursion to a bakers' paradise, guided by the author of The Cake Bible. Read more...

Mathilda Savitch

In this first novel, we find an adolescent Mathilda Savitch all abuzz with urgent questions and unsettling emotions... Read more...

Truelove's Gutter

"Anyone here like rockabilly?" It was December 2007, and Richard Hawley was asking his audience at Los Angeles' Troubadour if they were ready for an upbeat number from his then-latest album, Lady's Bridge... Read more...

No Impact Man

Michael O'Donnell reviews a journalist's record of his attempt to live in harmony with the earth -- from his Manhattan apartment. Read more...

Born Round

Jennifer Weiner savors Frank Bruni's memoir. Read more...

The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard

In J.G. Ballard's stories, the world is always ending. Read more...

Wind's Poem

Mount Eerie mastermind Phil Elverum calls the music on Wind’s Poem "black metal." Read more...

You Were Always Mom's Favorite!

Heller McAlpin on the new book by the author of You Just Don't Understand. Read more...

The Weeping Goldsmith

"One of my jobs," writes Smithsonian Institution botanist Kress, "is to travel to remote areas to document the remaining unknown plant diversity." ... Read more...

The Human Condition

The mother of all war movies, Masaki Kobayashi’s The Human Condition clocks in at almost ten hours and features an all-star Japanese cast... Read more...

The Love Children

By the time of her death at age 79, in the late spring of this year, Marilyn French had published five novels and many works of nonfiction... Read more...

Glover's Mistake

David Pinner, the caustic, self-absorbed malcontent at the center of Nick Laird’s new novel, is a tough sell... Read more...

That Summertime Sound

Former film executive Matthew Specktor makes his fiction debut with this gossamer yet feverish coming-of-age novel about a nameless 19-year-old lost boy who spends the summer of 1987 slinking around Columbus, Ohio... Read more...

Stitches

A stitch in time can save nine, but Caldecott-winning children’s book author David Small’s unloving parents spared him not a one... 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.