Displaying articles for: February 2013

The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend

Deep focus upon one of film's most revered classics.

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Valediction: Maurice Sendak's Final Voyage

In My Brother's Book, the beloved author delivers an elegant elegy and swan song.

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Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life

The joy of not knowing what could have been.

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See Now Then

A family's domestic drama carries the magnitude of Greek myth.

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How Literature Saved My Life

A candid critic's tribute to artifice-free art.

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Swoon

An all-inclusive blueprint of charming Lotharios through the ages.

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove

A horde of surreal short stories meld the commonplace with the supernatural.

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Mastermind

Unraveling the mystery of a fictional genius. 

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Give Me Everything You Have

A writer becomes the target of a student’s destructive obsession.

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The Reenactments

What happens to your memories when you watch De Niro play your dad?

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Sugar in the Blood

A historian's inquiry into her Caribbean roots becomes a journey into a plantation's cruelties.

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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.