Displaying articles for: October 2008

A Lion Among Men

The author of Wicked returns to the Yellow Brick Road. Read more...

Goldengrove

A poetic elegy is the touchstone for a story of grief and transformation. Read more...

Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

How Lincoln invented the role of commander in chief. Read more...

American Prince

The role of a lifetime: from Bronx boy to film royalty. Read more...

The Given Day: A Novel

The author of Mystic River resurrects the ghosts of Boston past. Read more...

Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

How intellectual property law threatens to make pirates of us all. Read more...

Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love, War, and Survival

A family memoir of love and endurance in the shadow of the KGB. Read more...

The Whiskey Rebels

An unpopular tax might tear apart the young Republic; can an ex-spy put a cap on the unrest? Read more...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

An unlikely partnership investigates corporate misdeeds in Sweden. Read more...

The Widows of Eastwick

Updike?s three witches return to the site of their original sins. Read more...

The Stories and Essays of Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine A. Powers on the new Library of America edition of the collected stories and essays. Read more...

A Most Wanted Man

In a new world haunted by the threat of terrorism, spies and counterspies chase an enigmatic refugee. Read more...

Sea of Poppies

A polyglot adventure, set against the spectacle and suffering of the East India Company?s reign. Read more...

The Development

Metafiction among the McMansions. Read more...

Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do

Why everything you know about political demographics is wrong. Read more...

The Speculator: Remembering Tom Disch

Paul Di Filippo on the career -- and final works -- of a multifaceted writer. Read more...

Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life

The author of The Cloister Walk grapples with the most misunderstood of the Seven Deadlies. Read more...

The Gone-Away World

A nameless hero leads the way in an adventure featuring kung fu savants, dirty wars, shattered reality, and a troupe of mimes. Read more...

Deconstructing Sammy

What happened to the Candyman? Read more...

The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006

New documents in sound, from a quest after the heart of American music. Read more...

My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

A reporter retraces his father?s origins in one of the most little-known Jewish communities in the world. Read more...

Letters of Ted Hughes

The correspondence of one of the 20th century?s most compelling poets reveals a mind always ready to respond. Read more...

The Ghost in Love

A man escapes a date with death and finds himself borrowing the characteristics of his own ghost. Read more...

An Evil Guest

A Broadway-bound actress has her eyes on the stars -- but the stars have eyes of their own. 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.