Reviews & Essays

LIVES

Gods and Kings

Gods and Kings

By DANA THOMAS

Alexander McQueen and John Galliano were just young rebels, until they became defiant titans of fashion. Review by Kelley Hoffman.

Posted by × March 4, 2015 ×

LIVES

Hippolyte Delaroche, "Bonaparte Crossing the Alps" (1850).

Napoleon: A Life

By ANDREW ROBERTS

Was the ruler of the first French Empire a hero, or a tyrant? The answer lies in how you read him, writes Charles Reinhardt.

Posted by × March 4, 2015 ×

WRITERS ON WRITING

Can You Write a Novel While You Build a House?

Can You Write a Novel While You Build a House?

A bestselling author on the carpentry skills that he applies to crafting fiction.

Posted by × March 3, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Crow Fair

Crow Fair

By THOMAS McGUANE

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

Posted by × March 2, 2015 ×

MEMOIR

Going into the City

Going into the City

By ROBERT CHRISTGAU

The “Dean of American Rock Critics” earns high marks for his frank look at the challenges and joys of self-assessment.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

Lucky Alan

Lucky Alan

By JONATHAN LETHEM

In his twentieth book in twenty years, a renowned writer “drills down into the strangeness of contemporary life.”

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10

How They Got Here

How They Got Here

A critic’s month that was: D’Angelo, Dylan, Saul Goodman, and L.A.’s storied soundtrack.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

ESSAYS

Discontent and Its Civilizations

Discontent and Its Civilizations

By MOHSIN HAMID

The novelist behind “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia” takes on globalization in his first nonfiction foray.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

FICTION

Midnight in the Century

Midnight in the Century

By VICTOR SERGE

How a writer’s true-life tussle with Stalin’s police became a rich novel of exile and resistance.

Posted by × February 25, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Letter to a Future Lover

Letter to a Future Lover

By ANDER MONSON

How the items found in books have lives of their own, and stoke literature’s enduring flame.

Posted by × February 18, 2015 ×

FICTION

Making Nice

Making Nice

By MATT SUMELL

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.

Posted by × February 18, 2015 ×

FICTION

Satin Island

Satin Island

By TOM MCCARTHY

An anthropologist’s obsessive report brings him to the brink of a conspiracy – or is it just his paranoid mind at work?

Posted by × February 17, 2015 ×

AMERICAN HISTORY

Washington’s Revolution

Washington’s Revolution

By ROBERT MIDDLEKAUFF

Was America’s first president a mystery of subtle self-presentation? Or just a shrewd politician?

Posted by × February 16, 2015 ×

FICTION

Frog

Frog

By MO YAN

A Nobel Prize laureate sets his sights on the birth rate, poverty, and “unraveling of the social fabric” in rising China.

Posted by × February 11, 2015 ×

FICTION

My Documents

My Documents

By ALEJANDRO ZAMBRA

Stories from a Chilean innovator depict adulthood as a computer with “a hard drive full of a lifetime’s experiences.” Review by Scott Esposito.

Posted by × February 11, 2015 ×