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American Fun

An argument that wicked play outweighs hard work in our country's heritage.

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A Country for Old Men

Fiction's Old Guard is in anything but retreat.

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Two Serious Ladies

Jane Bowles's radical fiction was as defiantly unconventional as its author.

 

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Exploiting History

Watching 12 Years a Slave -- and thinking back to a less celebrated film.

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Big Ma's World

The author of I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots on the inspiration for a character.

 

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Five Came Back

How a quintet of legendary American film directors were forever changed by their WWII service.

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Now I Know Who My Comrades Are

Is the Internet revolutionizing global dissent?

 

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Quesadillas

A Mexican family's comic woes vibrantly recall Greek mythology and the young James Joyce.

 

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Archetype

Spouses are for sale in the first volume of a new dystopian-future series.

 

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Call Me Burroughs: A Life

The author of Naked Lunch led a life as darkly outrageous as his fiction.

 

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Perfect

A pair of damaged souls try to knit together worlds unraveled by circumstance.

 

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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

The question of American slavery exploded into open war in 1861 -- but the deeper conflict was already a century old.

 

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The Parthenon Enigma

What can new analysis teach us about the secret history of a 2,500-year old monument?

 

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Comic fiction from the actor and writer unveils a restless mind at work.

 

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Stanley Elkin: E-Book Lazarus

From a new collection of literary criticism comes the acerbic growl of a fiery comic mind.

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