Articles by: James Parker

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

By SAM HARRIS

Can neuroscience, meditation, and pharmaceuticals open the door to nirvana?

Posted by × September 15, 2014 ×

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The Mad and the Bad

The Mad and the Bad

By JEAN-PATRICK MANCHETTE

A new translation of a noir cult classic lets fists and guns do the talking.

Posted by × July 18, 2014 ×

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To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

By JOSHUA FERRIS

A misanthropic dentist — and all-around skeptic — is pulled into the mystery of an ancient tribe of doubters.

Posted by × May 21, 2014 ×

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The Streak

The Streak

Elmore Leonard on fire.

Posted by × December 11, 2013 ×

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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

By DONNA TARTT

The author of The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a saga of obsession, art, crime, and loneliness.

Posted by × October 21, 2013 ×

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Salvation in the Mail: Katherine A. Powers on J. F. Powers

Salvation in the Mail: Katherine A. Powers on J. F. Powers

The novelist’s life was spent focused on the ideal of the next one.

Posted by × August 16, 2013 ×

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Life after Life

Life after Life

By KATE ATKINSON

History repeats itself — with variations — in an inventive epic from the creator of the Jackson Brodie novels.

Posted by × April 1, 2013 ×

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The Reenactments

The Reenactments

By NICK FLYNN

What happens to your memories when you watch De Niro play your dad?

Posted by × February 7, 2013 ×

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Greatest Generation

Greatest Generation

Two defining voices of rock look back on lives of creative musical destruction.

Posted by × October 17, 2012 ×

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Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years

Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years

By GEOFFREY NUNBERG

The rise of a term of opprobrium reveals some fundamental truths about our culture.

Posted by × August 15, 2012 ×

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Butterfly in the Typewriter

Butterfly in the Typewriter

By CORY MacLAUCHLIN

The short life of John Kennedy Toole, author of the classic A Confederacy of Dunces

Posted by × March 27, 2012 ×

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Full Dark, No Stars

Full Dark, No Stars

By STEPHEN KING

Anew set of short works from the master storyteller, each highlighting adifferent persona.

Posted by × November 8, 2010 ×

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Just Kids

Just Kids

By PATTI SMITH

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, and a passionate friendship that rocked the music and art worlds.

Posted by × January 19, 2010 ×

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Bicycle Diaries

Bicycle Diaries

By DAVID BYRNE

When David Byrne stops moving, does he fall over? And when stationary, is he liable to be found leaning carefully against a wall?

Posted by × October 8, 2009 ×

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Perfecting Sound Forever

Perfecting Sound Forever

By GREG MILNER

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

Posted by × August 19, 2009 ×