Displaying articles for: September 2008

An Evil Guest

A Broadway-bound actress has her eyes on the stars -- but the stars have eyes of their own. Read more...

Planet Google

How two Stanford grads and a legion of spiders caught the world in their web. Read more...

Ms. Hempel Chronicles

A middle school is the setting for this novel of an adult?s education. Read more...

Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

A portrait of the vice president as 21st-century Richelieu. Read more...

Alfred and Emily

The Nobel laureate imagines a personal history in which she was never born. Read more...

When Will There Be Good News?

Dickensian coincidences pile high as a murder out of the past comes back to Jackson Brodie's life. Read more...

Concrete Reveries

As humanity concentrates itself in ever-larger cities, Mark Kingwell explores the way they shape our species. Read more...

The Sacred Book of the Werewolf

A darkly whimsical fantasia anatomizes the Russian soul in the age of Putin. Read more...

The Hunger Games

Lisa Von Drasek looks at a young-adult dystopia. Read more...

Exit Music

Can this be the last case for Edinburgh?s long-suffering Inspector Rebus? Read more...

Indignation

From Newark to Winesburg, Ohio, in the shadow of the Korean War. Read more...

Nothing to Be Frightened Of

The novelist peeks into the land of the dead -- while he still has time. Read more...

The Forever War

A report from the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq. Read more...

A Manuscript of Ashes

A literary mystery haunted by the legacy of the Spanish Civil War. Read more...

Anathem

A society of scientist-monks is at the heart of the new saga from the author of Cryptonomicon. Read more...

Like Eating a Stone: Surviving the Past in Bosnia

A journey through the aftermath of war and atrocity in Bosnia. Read more...

Real World

A close-knit circle of Japanese teenagers find their friendship threatened by violence. Read more...

A Gas-Lit Century: Historical Mysteries Part III

Why crime fiction loves the Victorian era. Read more...

Home

A prodigal?s return is the subject of a novel that parallels the author?s award-winning Gilead. Read more...

The Night of the Gun

A reporter chronicles his own wasted and perilous time. Read more...

How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

War and remembrance through a child?s eye. Read more...

The Other Half: The Life of Jacob Riis and the World of Immigrant America

Portrait of a muckraking photographer. Read more...

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Cinderella as Parisian concierge in an international bestseller. Read more...

Sustainable Culture

Edward Champion on the intergalactic ambitions of Iain M. Banks?s series of speculative novels. Read more...

Grand New Party

A prescription for Republican renewal. Read more...

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.