Displaying articles for: February 2014

Exploiting History

Watching 12 Years a Slave -- and thinking back to a less celebrated film.

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Big Ma's World

The author of I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots on the inspiration for a character.

 

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Five Came Back

How a quintet of legendary American film directors were forever changed by their WWII service.

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Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

Is the Internet revolutionizing global dissent?

 

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Quesadillas

A Mexican family's comic woes vibrantly recall Greek mythology and the young James Joyce.

 

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Archetype

Spouses are for sale in the first volume of a new dystopian-future series.

 

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Call Me Burroughs: A Life

The author of Naked Lunch led a life as darkly outrageous as his fiction.

 

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Perfect

A pair of damaged souls try to knit together worlds unraveled by circumstance.

 

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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

The question of American slavery exploded into open war in 1861 -- but the deeper conflict was already a century old.

 

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The Parthenon Enigma

What can new analysis teach us about the secret history of a 2,500-year old monument?

 

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Comic fiction from the actor and writer unveils a restless mind at work.

 

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Stanley Elkin: E-Book Lazarus

From a new collection of literary criticism comes the acerbic growl of a fiery comic mind.

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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.