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Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

Reviews & Essays

Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice

Reviewed by Amelia Atlas ×

Can a biographer illuminate the mystery at the heart of an enigmatic partnership?
The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800

Reviews & Essays

The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800

Reviewed by Max Byrd ×

Can a biographer illuminate the mystery at the heart of an enigmatic partnership?
Still Dreaming Dystopias

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Still Dreaming Dystopias

by Paul Di Filippo ×

In the world of science fiction, nightmarish futures never seem to go out of style. Paul DiFilippo unveils four new visions of worlds gone bad and mad.

Exit Ghost

Reviews & Essays

Exit Ghost

Reviewed by John Freeman ×

The hero of The Ghost Writer and The Counterlife returns, and departs.
Roth on Zuckerman’s Curtain Call

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Roth on Zuckerman’s Curtain Call

by James Mustich ×

A conversation with the author about Nathan Zuckerman’s final bow.
River: The Joni Letters

Reviews & Essays

River: The Joni Letters

Steve Futterman ×

On his lovely and loving tribute to singer- songwriter extraordinaire Joni Mitchell, the iconic jazz pianist Herbie Hancock aims to enter Mitchell?s richly suggestive world rather than remake her...
The Braindead Megaphone

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The Braindead Megaphone

Amy Benfer ×

George Saunders’ award-winning fiction uses the absurd to get at the real, and makes the real absurd. He creates imaginative landscapes informed by an underlying sense of how political and...
Martha Graham: Dance on Film

Reviews & Essays

Martha Graham: Dance on Film

James Mustich ×

Movements came just stark out of the body, as though it had never happened before, says choreographer Agnes de Mille of the dance inspirations of Martha Graham. There’s probably been no...
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia

Reviews & Essays

The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia

Bill Tipper ×

How could human feelings and emotions retain any force in the moral vacuum of the Stalinist regime? That’s the question with which Orlando Figes begins The Whisperers: Private Life in...
A Geography of Oysters

Reviews & Essays

A Geography of Oysters

Amy Benfer ×

Rowan Jacobsen begins his guide to the peculiarly adult pleasure in eating briny, live sea creatures by pointing out the obvious: “Oysters taste like the sea.” This, he writes, gives...
Krazy & Ignatz: The Kat Who Walked in Beauty

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Krazy & Ignatz: The Kat Who Walked in Beauty

Paul Di Filippo ×

Even ardent experts in the cartoon science of Herrimanology will find revelations to amaze and astonish in The Kat Who Walked in Beauty. Did you know, for instance, that Krazy’s daily...
Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin

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Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin

by James Mustich ×

At age 75, with new comedic material still flowing freely, Calvin Trillin shows no signs of halting his droll observations on modern life. But he and his fans can certainly be afforded a look...