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A writer living in Hudson, NY, Stefan Beck has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, The Weekly Standard, The New Criterion, and other publications.

The Blue Guitar

FICTION

The Blue Guitar

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"A middle-aged painter-cum-thief attempts to negotiate the fallout of his romantic indiscretions" in the latest work from one of Ireland's premier novelists. Review by Stefan Beck.
Eileen

FICTION

Eileen

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A young loner fights (and maybe even shoots) her way out of her dead end hometown, in one of the most anticipated novels of recent memory. Review by Stefan Beck
The Captive Condition

FICTION

The Captive Condition

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A campus horror story with shades of H.P. Lovecraft offers unexpectedly great beach reading: "chilling enough to keep you cool, deranged and unpredictable enough to keep you entertained."
The Household Spirit

FICTION

The Household Spirit

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With elements of ghost stories and capers, a new novel centers on neighbors who challenge what we've come to expect from "unlikely friendships" in fiction. Review by Stefan Beck.
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

SHORT STORIES

A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

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A new collection of short stories that turn on men and women pursuing agendas as self-destructive as they are self-centered. Review by Stefan Beck.
Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword

HISTORY

Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword

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A Pulitzer Prize winner has penned a history of liberated language. How does it fare in an age of trigger warnings and NSA wiretaps? Stefan Beck reports.
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

CURRENT EVENTS

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

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In an age of new connectivity online and beyond, a reporter finds empathy for those who've faced mortifying infamy.
The Sellout

FICTION

The Sellout

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Why one piercing satirist "has written a book to shock all of us into reexamining what we think we know about race in America." Review by Stefan Beck.
Crow Fair

SHORT STORIES

Crow Fair

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The antic storytelling of a modest master finds mischievous fun in the romance and family life of the American West. Review by Stefan Beck.
Uncle Janice

FICTION

Uncle Janice

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A thrilling tale of an undercover New York cop may be the most timely American novel of recent memory....
Huck Finn’s America

cultural history

Huck Finn’s America

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What does Mark Twain's cherished -- and contentious -- work of fiction teach us about about the nation it still fascinates?
The Moor’s Account

Reviews & Essays

The Moor’s Account

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Meet one early explorer of America: a Moroccan slave aboard a ship of ruthless gold hunters in 1527.