Displaying articles for: May 2010

Hitch-22

The controversial journalist recalls his formative radicalism and illustrious friendships in an entertaining memoir.

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Chasing the Game

America takes its first steps in the soccer cleats the rest of the world puts on daily. Read more...

Forget Sorrow

A moving graphic memoir of a prominent Chinese family's perilous passage through 20th-century history.

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The Bradshaw Variations

Rachel Cusk's new novel attempts a contemporary reprise of a Tolstoyan melody.

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Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?

A stimulating exploration of the motives that have driven people to find other authors for Shakespeare's plays.

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

A "so-called believer" explores the argument and art of Philip Pullman's reimagining of gospel narratives.

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Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer

A new look at an Austrian novel that charts a doctor's unique and uncertain path to redemption.

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Fear and Delight: The Fiction of Shirley Jackson

Helen Oyeyemi on why the enigmatic author of "The Lottery" retains her grip on the dark side of our imaginations.

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Role Models

The filmmaker and provocateur transforms a lifetime of fascinations into a memorable and moving set of essays.

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The Finger: A Handbook

A playful and pointed account of the means by which we make our contact with the world around us.

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Cartographies of Time

A fascinating new illustrated history looks at how we visualize the vast territory of the past.

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On Mr. Arkadin and Orson Welles

A Welles scholar offers reflections on the director's vexed legacy, prompted by some recent publications.

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Empires of the Indus

2,000 miles down the Indus with a writer stepping in the literary footsteps of Leigh Fermor and Chatwin.

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Design and Truth

A vision of an ethical design that honestly approaches its environment and endeavors to cooperate with it.

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The Changeling

The latest novel from the 75-year-old Japanese Nobel Prize winner blends mystery and memory.

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The Great Reset and The Rational Optimist

New books by Richard Florida and Matt Ridley that try to put recent economic turbulence in perspective.

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The Pregnant Widow

Martin Amis's new novel remembers the sexual revolution as it was "well into its Reign of Terror phase."

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Ill Fares the Land

A distillation of the historian's career-long engagement with the vicissitude of 20th-century history and ideology.

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The Imperfectionists

A novel mourning the death of journalism, centered on the decline and fall of an English-language paper in Rome.

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War

From the author of The Perfect Storm, a searing report on the reality of the war in Afghanistan's Korengal valley.

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The Lonely Polygamist

A gifted and confident storyteller plots the loneliness of a husband of four and father of 28.

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Operation Mincemeat

The author of Agent Zigzag reveals the true story of Britain's most ingenious WWII espionage ploy.

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Last Call

A scintillating, sweeping, and eye-opening account of the birth, maturity, and afterlife of the 18th Amendment.

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Private Life

The latest novel from Jane Smiley anatomizes a marriage in an era of tumultuous change.

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The Last Stand

The historic battle at Little Bighorn, from the award-winning author of Mayflower.

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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.