Displaying articles for: August 2009

Crow Planet

In the croak of the raven, a naturalist hears the echo of human song. Read more...

The Magicians

Spell-casters in a dark, Narnia-inspired world. Read more...

Everything Matters!

Prophecy and pop culture collide in this story of a life absurdly burdened with apocalyptic knowledge. Read more...

Chasing Icarus

Those daring young men and their flying machines. Read more...

An Expensive Education

A set of would-be world savers finds that global crisis tests the limits of their Harvard learning. Read more...

Strength in What Remains

From the author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, a true tale of survival and self-sacrifice. Read more...

The Unit

An imaginary future in which the "unproductive" -- especially artists! -- are put to chilling use. Read more...

A Paradise Built in Hell

In the wake of catastrophe, the roots of utopias? Read more...

Reflections on the Revolution in Europe

An argument that the rising Muslim populations in Europe augur dramatic transformations. Read more...

Perfecting Sound Forever

Is the history of audio recording a chronicle of decline and fall? Read more...

The Slippery Year

How a couple's midlife crisis led to a family's journey of discovery. Read more...

That Old Cape Magic

In the latest from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, summer memories retain their bittersweet grip. Read more...

The Management Myth

A trained philosopher unthinks his very successful career as a management consultant. Read more...

American Radical

Before there were Daily Kos, The Huffington Post, or Talking Points Memo, there was I. F. Stone. Read more...

The View from the Bridge

A career devoted to the seduction of story -- from Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper to Kirk vs. Kahn. Read more...

The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

Why the cure for our ailing medical establishment requires a journey over the horizon. Read more...

South of Broad

A saga of friendship?s claims in a Charleston curiously shadowed by Joyce?s Dublin. Read more...

The Maples Stories

A career-spanning compendium of stories about a family that closely resembles the author's own. Read more...

Child's Play

Miss Marple meets Borges in this slippery thriller from Spain. Read more...

The Sages: Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker and the Maelstrom of Markets

Can Buffett, Soros, and Volcker chart a course through an economic typhoon? Read more...

Inherent Vice

A tuned-in and turned-on private eye walks the decidedly pscyedelic streets of Los Angeles in 1969. Read more...

Imperial

The author of Europe Central takes on the history and current state of a vast borderland, in a book almost as big as his subject. Read more...

April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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.