Displaying articles for: March 2008

Unaccustomed Earth

A new collection of short stories from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies. Read more...

The Wagner Clan

With their father's musical legacy as a stage, Richard Wagner's family mounted a domestic opera to rival the Ring. Read more...

The Impersonal Personal of Elizabeth Bishop

Liz Rosenberg looks at a comprehensive new collection of her poems and prose. Read more...

Ancient Plots: The Mystery in History

Sarah Weinman surveys the increasingly popular marriage of historical fiction set in Antiquity with the modern detective novel. Read more...

The Ten Cent Plague

The evolution of the comic book, and its peculiar place near the heart of the culture wars. Read more...

The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History

A scholar of the American Revolution casts a cold eye on recent trends in the study of history. Read more...

Willing

The author of A Ship Made of Paper spins a wry tale of desire and the perils of the novelist's profession. Read more...

Betrayed: A Play

The journalist and author of The Assassins' Gate delivers a literally dramatic rendering of Iraqis in crisis. Read more...

Blithe Spirits

Alexandra Mullen on why P.G. Wodehouse's genius doesn't stop with Bertie and Jeeves. Read more...

Austen Remixed

Eloisa James on the endless appeal of Austen -- remixed. Read more...

A Curious Earth

The further chronicles of the dilatory hero of I'll Go to Bed at Noon. Read more...

True West: Wallace Stegner's Life and Letters

Two new volumes unearth the life and correspondence of the author of Angle of Repose Read more...

Lush Life

From the author of Clockers, a tale of worlds colliding in a historic Manhattan neighborhood. Read more...

Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East

A veteran reporter examines the prospects for democracy in the Middle East. Read more...

The Forger

A chronicle of counterfeiting and survival in World War II Berlin. Read more...

Reader's Diary: March 2008

Brooke Allen looks at five books that span the globe -- and the centuries. Read more...

A Person of Interest

The corrosive power of suspicion, the universal burden of guilt, and the long-lived consequences of an act of violence. Read more...

Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories

Thirteen new stories take in Biblical legends, suburban hysteria, and Tom & Jerry cartoons. Read more...

Introducing Bert Williams: Burnt Cork, Broadway, and the Story Of America's First Black Star

A life of the groundbreaking stage performer and recording artist. Read more...

The Silver Swan

The unshakably inquisitive pathologist Quirke returns, in the latest from novelist John Banville's alter ego. Read more...

Nazi Literature in the Americas

A fantastical portfolio of literary oddities becomes a devastating satire on the fascinations of villainy. Read more...

Zbigniew Herbert: Beauty and Digression

Tess Taylor on the sidelong delights of Zbigniew Herbert's travel essays -- infused with the visionary power of his poetry. Read more...

Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon

What a vet's eye view reveals about the lives of animals -- and the people who live with them. Read more...

Mauldin's War

A new biography -- and forthcoming collection -- unlock the genius of Bill Mauldin, journalist and cartoonist. Read more...

The Soul Thief

A haunted, haunting tale of tormented love and the soul's vulnerable places. Read more...

The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan

A collection of idiosyncratic, often revelatory portraits of athletes on the field and off. Read more...

The Rain Before it Falls

The mysterious legacy of an audiotape unspools in a work that blends suspense and elegy. Read more...

Accident: A Philosophical and Literary History

How the concept of accident, from Aristotle to Buster Keaton, has shaped the way we understand the world. Read more...

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.