Displaying articles for: June 2008

Sleeping It Off in Rapid City

Poems new and old consider manhood, travel, and America itself. Read more...

Newton: Ackroyd's Brief Lives

Peter Ackroyd?s brief life brings depth to an icon of science most of us know only glancingly. Read more...

The Delighted States

A wild chase in pursuit of the nature of the novel, across centuries and continents. Read more...

Original Sin: A Cultural History

The complicated history behind the idea that we?re born bad. Read more...

The Gift of Rain

A graceful martial art and a monstrous betrayal are at the heart of this atmospheric novel. Read more...

The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century

How a con man with a paintbrush pulled one over on the art world ?- and the Nazis. Read more...

Dark Age Detection: Historical Mysteries, Part Two

Sarah Weinman dives back into the pages of historical mysteries, in search of court conspiracies, nefarious knights, and murderous monasteries. Read more...

The Mayor's Tongue

In an audacious debut, intertwining tales follow a transatlantic course. Read more...

Little Brother

The blogger and creator of Boing Boing delivers a sprightly dystopia set in a fearful USA. Read more...

The Bishop?s Daughter

A daughter?s portrayal of her clergyman father?s inner struggle takes in the tumult
of an era. Read more...

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

An intrepid traveler follows a century?s worth of neglected American discoverers. Read more...

Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire

How a defense industry think tank became the nexus of the ?military-industrial complex.? Read more...

Northern Land: The Novels of Sarah Hall

Ed Champion on the seductive prose of Sarah Hall, the author of Haweswater and The Electric Michaelangelo. Read more...

The White Tiger

Our review of the just-announced Man Booker Prize winner -- first run on June 16, 2008. Read more...

Devil May Care

Martinis and all, Agent 007 is resurrected by the author of Charlotte Gray. Read more...

McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld

Mapping the next generation of organized crime as a global, decentralized enterprise. Read more...

Love and the Incredibly Old Man

The discovery of the Fountain of Youth is part of the backdrop in Lee Siegel's tall tale. Read more...

Is Milton Better than Shakespeare?

An argument that the author of Paradise Lost remains a critical voice today. Read more...

Letters from Exile: Styron's Havanas in Camelot

Sheri Holman examines the divided soul in William Styron's posthumously colllected essays. Read more...

The Enchantress of Florence

The author of Midnight's Children offers an imaginary encounter between the Florence of the Medicis and the Mughal court. Read more...

The Film Club

A film critic father tries his own version of homeschooling. Read more...

The Craftsman

The link between the work
of the hand and the mind, reconsidered. Read more...

The God of War

In a landscape transformed by human folly, a perilous coming-of-age. Read more...

Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies

The unnatural history of a natural wonder. Read more...

City of Thieves

A story of the siege of Leningrad, a dozen eggs, and a quest for survival itself. Read more...

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.