Displaying articles for: September 2012

After the Escape: Sharon Olds on Stag's Leap

Sharon Olds talks about her new collection of verse and what consolation art can offer in the face of loss.


Addicted to the Everything of America: D. T. Max on David Foster Wallace

The author of Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story discusses the immersive style and titanic ambition of the novelist.


Back into the Abyss: Junot Díaz and Francisco Goldman

The authors -- and old friends -- discuss their writing processes, the countries that are close to their hearts, and the mysteries of love and death.


April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.