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 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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.