Displaying articles for: April 2011

The Great Night

Shakespeare's fairies work their magic on lovers in a San Francisco park.

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A Jane Austen Education

The surprisingly up-to-date guide to life found in the classic novelist's work.

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When Tito Loved Clara

A poignant tale of love lost and found between rough New York streets and the moneyed New Jersey suburbs.

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The Tragedy of Arthur

A lost Shakespeare play may be an elaborate con, or a father's mysterious gift. 

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Reading My Father

 Alexandra Styron has written an extraordinarily sensitive biography of her father, the author of Sophie's Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner.

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Aaron and Ahmed

A collaboration by novelist Jay Cantor and comics creator James Romberger journeys from September 11 to Guantanamo Bay to a mystical Arabia.

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The Paper Garden

The fascinating artistry of an 18th century gentlewoman reveals a hidden world of creative expression in paper.

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The Pale King

Set in an office of IRS auditors, David Foster Wallace's posthumously published book is a novel about boredom that's filled with surprise.

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Say Her Name

A distraught novelist remembers, mourns, and celebrates his lost love.

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The Origins of Political Order

A grand attempt to map the birth and development of modern government.

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Craving Earth

The strange and complex history of pica—the practice of eating dirt.

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Living in Parallel

Reading Brian Greene, Dezső Kosztolányi, and Henry James—and discovering the quandaries of the infinite.

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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

A major reassessment of perhaps the most misunderstood figure of the civil rights era.

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Otherwise Known as the Human Condition

A collection of essays marked by the author's voracious intellectual appetite and improvisatory charm.

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The Death and Life of Great New York Novels

Have we had a great New York novel in the past decade?

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The Love of My Youth

A chance meeting in Rome brings a pair of lovers together again after decades apart.

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Swim Back to Me

Stories that explore the "risky and exhilarating" years of youth, and what follows.

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.