Displaying articles for: March 2012

Satantango

A Hungarian author's portrait of village life pulls no punches.

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Thomas Hart Benton

A biography of the artist whose work, "as rich and dynamic as it may be, is not as paradoxical as the man was."

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The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard's Story

A story of life in a Russian prison camp, by turns comic and shockingly honest.

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Butterfly in the Typewriter

The short life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the classic A Confederacy of Dunces

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Zona: A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room

A critic takes a scene-by-scene journey through a masterpiece of cinema.

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Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

The chilling chronicle of an injustice in the Florida courts that became a turning point in the civil rights movement.

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Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship

At the climax of the Cold War, misgivings simmered below the surface of the Anglo-American alliance.

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When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays

The author of Gilead and Home collects essays marked by the spirit of her Western upbringing.

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Carry the One

The aftermath of a tragic moment ripples out through years, and lives.

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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

An epic that documents one of the twentieth century's greatest crimes, in a newly restored edition.

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Island of Vice

The Rough Rider versus the Rotten Apple.

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The Vanishers

Female psychics clash and destructive fury erupts.

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Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

The story of the computer's creation.

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By Blood

The secrets of the consulting room travel through walls and breed a man's obsession with a stranger.

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Gods Without Men

A desert monolith is the strange attractor in a tale of myth and madness that hopscotches through time.

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Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith

A case for how religious belief has shaped America's foreign policy.

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Barney Rosset, 1922-2012

The publisher of Grove transformed American literature with courage -- and savvy.

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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

A journalist unveils the hidden history of Russia's prime minister.

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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.