A critic’s month that was: D’Angelo, Dylan, Saul Goodman, and L.A.’s storied soundtrack.
The iconic musician on the cities in her head, what it means to sell out, and what still inspires to create art after the end of a thirty-year run with her former band Sonic Youth.
By ROBERT CHRISTGAU
The “Dean of American Rock Critics” earns high marks for his frank look at the challenges and joys of self-assessment.
By JONATHAN LETHEM
In his twentieth book in twenty years, a renowned writer “drills down into the strangeness of contemporary life.”
The novelist behind “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” takes on globalization in his first nonfiction foray.
When a psychoanalyst opens up his case files, optimistic insights on mortality and love spring forth.
How a writer’s true-life tussle with Stalin’s police became a rich novel of exile and resistance.
“I fear that it — along with these gluten-free bacon-glazed doughnuts — is eating me alive.”
The life of an unusual child is also the story of secret forces at work, in Reif Larsen’s Pynchonesque fable.
An Irish priest confronts a colleague’s crimes — and his own responsibilities.
New story collections from two modern masters suggest that we’re living in a Golden Age of short “fantastika”.
How the items found in books have lives of their own, and stoke literature’s enduring flame.
A novel-in-stories of a young Long Island misanthrope hits like a punch, with biting wit at an antic pace. Review by Justin Taylor.
This week in history: the Postal Act is passed, and American history starts coming with a stamp.
An anthropologist’s obsessive report brings him to the brink of a conspiracy – or is it just his paranoid mind at work?