Displaying articles for: April 2013

My Beloved Brontosaurus

Our fascination with dinosaurs is in no danger of extinction.

 

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The Last Men on Top: Breadwinners

A feminist takes a probing look at the Mad Men generation.

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The Magic of Saida

A multiracial man returns to the African town of his birth, to confront a mystery of poetry and identity.

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Merchant, Soldier, Sage

A look at history through the lens of three "castes" who have competed and collaborated to shape human societies.

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The Movement of Stars

Charting a love affair between astronomers from worlds apart.

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The Little Prince at Seventy

Can a symbol of innocence grow up with its readers?

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The Eleven

The rise of a painter amid the French Revolution and the Terror that followed.

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Trading Bases

How a Wall Street trader raised the stakes of the national pastime.

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The Faithful Executioner

The journal of a sixteenth-century headsman gives a view of early modern life from its terminus.

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A Long Day at the End of the World

Deep in the heart of Georgia, an undertaker's secret refuses to stay buried.

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Gun Guys

A reporter's quest to learn of arms, and the varied Americans who bear them.

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The Burn Palace

A supernatural thriller that defies genre conventions and the "guilty pleasure" principle.

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Top Dog

Dispelling the myths of victory, and unpacking the true motives behind competitive spirit.

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The Letters of William Gaddis

The candid correspondence of a 20th century literary innovator. 

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Life after Life

History repeats itself -- with variations -- in an inventive epic from the creator of the Jackson Brodie novels.

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April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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.