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Let the Right One In

Reviews & Essays

Let the Right One In

Christopher Byrd ×

Tomas Alfredson’s film adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s 2004 vampire novel, Let the Right One In, uses the vampire legend in much the same way as Hollywood did in its prudish...
Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution

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Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution

Chuck Leddy ×

Books about the men who crafted the Constitution over the hot Philadelphia summer of 1787 tend to be either overly reverential or hypercritical. Constitutional historian Richard Beeman’s...
I Heard God Talking to Me: William Edmondson and His Stone Carvings

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I Heard God Talking to Me: William Edmondson and His Stone Carvings

Barbara Spindel ×

William Edmondson, born in Tennessee to former slaves in 1874, experienced religious visions throughout his life, and sometime when he was in his late 50s, he said that God had instructed him to...
Out of My Skin

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Out of My Skin

David Abrams ×

As the title of his first book of short stories — I am Not Jackson Pollock — implies, John Haskell uses fiction to explore identity crises. Even as his characters deny the self and...
Empires on the Page

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Empires on the Page

by Brooke Allen ×

From Jerusalem to India to the realm of opera queens.

Vilnius Poker

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Vilnius Poker

Christopher Byrd ×

While reading Ricardas Gavelis’s Vilnius Poker, a line from Joyce’s Ulysses surfaced in my memory, “Stephen bent forward and peered at the mirror held out to him, cleft by a...
The Kindly Ones

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The Kindly Ones

Reviewed by Amelia Atlas ×

In this novel, an SS officer's account of his role in Nazi atrocities blends exhaustive realism and a hallucinatory excess.
Nothing Right: Short Stories

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Nothing Right: Short Stories

Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg ×

In this new collection of tales, it's the moments in between the crises that get the attention.
Gypsy: The Art of the Tease

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Gypsy: The Art of the Tease

Reviewed by Adam Kirsch ×

An attempt to unveil the woman draped in an alluring myth.
Pandora in the Congo

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Pandora in the Congo

Reviewed by Edward Champion ×

Unlocking a heart of darkness in colonial Africa yields nested tales in this playful novel.
Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin

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Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversations with Robert Irwin

James Mustich ×

The first incarnation of this book was published a quarter century ago, its happily engrossing pages detailing conversations between the artist Robert Irwin and the tireless cultural sleuth...
Match Day

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Match Day

Chuck Leddy ×

Author Brian Eule is no disinterested observer of the process whereby medical students become new doctors. His wife, Stephanie, is among the three female doctors he follows from Match Day, the...