Reviews & Essays

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Mr. Gwyn

Mr. Gwyn

When a famous writer drafts intense portraits of those around him, his observations take on surreal results.

Posted by × July 28, 2014 ×

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Leavetaking

Leavetaking

By PETER WEISS; Translated by CHRISTOPHER LEVENSON

When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn’t enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.

Posted by × July 25, 2014 ×

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Agostino

Agostino

By ALBERTO MORAVIA

A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer’s least conventional beach read.

Posted by × July 24, 2014 ×

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Green Girl

Green Girl

By KATE ZAMBRENO

A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.

Posted by × July 23, 2014 ×

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Arts & Entertainments

Arts & Entertainments

By CHRISTOPHER BEHA

A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.

Posted by × July 21, 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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Indonesia, Etc.

Indonesia, Etc.

By ELIZABETH PISANI

A tour through the world’s most populous archipelago finds a kaleidoscope of cultures.

Posted by × July 16, 2014 ×

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More Curious

More Curious

In an essay from his new book, Sean Wilsey finds the ghost of Dostoyevsky hiding in West Texas.

Posted by × July 15, 2014 ×

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Alice Paul: Claiming Power

Alice Paul: Claiming Power

J. D. ZAHNISER and AMELIA R. FRY

The courageous life and times of a women’s suffrage heroine.

Posted by × July 15, 2014 ×

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Cataract City

Cataract City

By CRAIG DAVIDSON

A smash-mouth story of fraternity in dire straits, with the soul of gruff rock ‘n’ roll.

Posted by × July 15, 2014 ×

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The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

By CHRIS F. WESTBURY

About Chris F. Westbury’s debut novel, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even, there is good news and bad. The bad news is that it is not quite the comic novel that its jacket copy promises. Like many novels […]

Posted by × July 9, 2014 ×

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Song of the Shank

Song of the Shank

By JEFFERY RENARD ALLEN

Asked about Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor said, “Nobody wants his mule and wagon stalled on the same track the Dixie Limited is roaring down.” Toni Morrison stayed on the rails, learned some things about ghost stories from Faulkner, and wrote her […]

Posted by × July 9, 2014 ×

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The Nile

The Nile

By TOBY WILKINSON

I went to far northern Scotland twenty years ago. Would I take Lonely Planet? Aloneness was the whole point, so there was nothing to be gained. Moon? Parts of northern Scotland are lunar, which makes them cousins, and you can […]

Posted by × July 9, 2014 ×

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Enchanting Devices: Stuart Dybek’s Short Fiction

Enchanting Devices: Stuart Dybek’s Short Fiction

“We were working late on the time machine in the little makeshift lab upstairs.” That’s the opening of the title story of Stuart Dybek’s new collection, Paper Lantern, and don’t you want to keep going? Since launching his career with […]

Posted by × July 7, 2014 ×

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West of the Revolution

West of the Revolution

By CLAUDIO SAUNT

For most of us, the year 1776 brings to mind the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States. When pressed to fill in more details, perhaps we remember it was also the year Thomas Paine published Common […]

Posted by × July 3, 2014 ×