Displaying articles for: December 2012

The Last Dragonslayer

A familiar heroic formula gets a quirky twist from the author of The Eyre Affair.


The Paris Deadline

A mystery of the City of Light in the Jazz Age.


The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting

A novelist's defense of paper and pen.



Life Goes On

A novel of Germany during the rise of the Nazis -- and banned by Hitler's regime.



Visionary Births

Three authors of fantasy and science-fiction for young readers take on the future of motherhood.


Lazarus Is Dead

A biblical miracle is recast as an episode in the story of a long and unusual friendship.


The Noir Forties

There was victory in Europe and the Pacific; but the big screen told the story of an anxious nation.



April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.