Reviews & Essays

REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

By FRANÇOIS-RENÉ DE CHATEAUBRIAND

How the godfather of Romanticism posthumously published his legendary history of Napoleonic France. Review by Adam Kirsch.

Posted by × July 30, 2014 ×

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Do Not Sell at Any Price

Do Not Sell at Any Price

By AMANDA PETRUSICH

A pursuit of music’s rarest recordings, from the fringes of the past to the bottom of the sea. Review by Colin Fleming.

Posted by × July 30, 2014 ×

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Mr. Gwyn

Mr. Gwyn

This excerpt from Alessandro Baricco’s new novel finds a famous writer drafting intense portraits, with surreal results.

Posted by × July 29, 2014 ×

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Leavetaking

Leavetaking

By PETER WEISS

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 ×