Displaying articles for: September 2012

Wolf Story

When the child takes over the bedtime story, the villain -- and the parent -- is put through his paces.

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Air

From gentle breezes to devastating storms, this element shapes our world.

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The Yellow Birds

A young veteran of the war in Iraq turns to fiction in his struggle to make sense of a perplexing combat.

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The Oath

How the Roberts Court became the administration's most unpredictable opponent.

 

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Joseph Anton

Salman Rushdie unfolds the story of a writer''s life plunged into nightmare by a dying cleric's verdict on his novel.

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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

On the road in search of self-awareness.

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Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River

Following the lazy twists and turns of a river steeped in history and threatened by corruption.

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Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

A star on the rise during Hollywood's Golden Age.

 

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Strom Thurmond's America

The Senate's champion of segregation endured long after the Dixiecrats were history.

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Gravity's Engines

How black holes paint the universe, and other wonders of the cosmos.

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NW

The novelist maps a twenty-first century city through the lives of four of its natives.

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Mortality

A matchless man of letters contemplates the end.

 

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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.