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Flying high

Interview: Jonathan Miles’s airport novel
There’s nothing new about the complaint as literature, says author Jonathan Miles.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  June 02, 2008


Second thoughts

Amis yes and no
Amis hasn’t had this much press since he fell out with Julian Barnes.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 03, 2008


‘Great’ is definitely the wrong word

Richard Bradley’s fact-challenged book on the Sox-Yanks’ ’78 season finale is filled with Buckner-esque errors.
When I come across an obvious factual error in a book, my initial inclination is to wince in sympathy for the soon-to-be-embarrassed author. Unless, that is, the mistake is infuriatingly egregious, in which case I’m more apt to throw the book up against the wall in disgust.
By: GEORGE KIMBALL  |  January 28, 2010


Past and present

Andrew Motion's is a memoir to savor
A book as scrupulously observed and beautifully wrought as Andrew Motion’s In the Blood can provide a shock of recognition. This, you think, is what memoir was meant to be.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 27, 2008


Sweet madness

Marya Hornbacher’s bipolar life
Just reading this book exhausted me, so I can only imagine how tired Marya Hornbacher must have been after writing it. Or perhaps it came easily to her. Most things seem to.
By: KARA BASKIN  |  May 19, 2008


Selected and otherwise

A sheaf of post-April poetry and poets
Simic is a poet not of big gloomy poems but of small glooms and fears that haunt our waking lives and disturb our sleep.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  May 13, 2008


Decoding Balanchine

Nancy Goldner on Mr. B
Nancy Goldner’s diminutive new book about George Balanchine’s choreography is deceptively readable.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 06, 2008


Yet another path to enlightenment

A grammatical spiritual journey
The book is “meant for people who . . . like to have their consciousness of life’s big questions refreshed,” says Weinstein.
By: KRISTINA WONG  |  April 30, 2008


Shaping the Crescent

The making of New Orleans
Even before Katrina wreaked its havoc on New Orleans, a popular T-shirt proclaimed the city “Third World and Proud of It,” and numerous more-literary types have long referred to it as the “northernmost Caribbean city.”
By: CLEA SIMON  |  December 22, 2008



Jhumpa Lahiri tends her garden
Jhumpa Lahiri won a Pulitzer Prize with her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies .
By: ED SIEGEL  |  April 22, 2008


Tragic comic

Howard Zinn’s American portrait
Growing up in the 1930s, Howard Zinn pored over the pixilated pages of comic books.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  April 16, 2008


War of words

Is reading good for you?
Freelance writers are often the recipient of unusual opportunities.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 15, 2008


Book mad

Interview: Keith Gessen’s young literary life
He speaks quickly, with a friendly, nervous laugh, in cadences that sound like a cross between Ira Glass and Martin Scorsese.
By: JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2008


Happy days

The Geography of Bliss
He eats rotten shark in Iceland, gets fried on Moroccan hash in the Netherlands, and graciously accepts a 14-inch gift penis in Bhutan.
By: AMY FINCH  |  April 08, 2008


Told right

Sloane Crosley gets her cake
One thing is certain in publishing: your chances of survival in the industry are much better if you have a good sense of humor.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  April 07, 2008


Brave new world

Germaine Greer’s Shakespeares
Regardless of what’s in her name, biographies of Ms. Hathaway are scarcer than hens’ teeth, and no wonder: we know even less about her than we do about her husband.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2008


Scare tactics

When comics were too crude for school
A steady ripple of anti-comics sentiment was crystallized in the early ’50s.
By: DOUGLAS WOLK  |  March 24, 2008


Bases very loaded

Spurred by fans’ ’roid rage, new books focus on our national pastime’s dark side. Meet baseball’s seven deadly sins.
Even as the sun rises on the new Major League Baseball season, skies are cloudy for the game we love.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  March 19, 2008


The power of love

A respected music critic contemplates Celine Dion and has a crisis of conscience
Carl Wilson’s recent entry into Continuum’s esteemed 33 1/3 series — a series of books by critics and musicians devoted to canonical pop albums — is framed by an irresistible concept.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 19, 2008


Werewolf’s song

Toby Barlow’s verse novel has teeth
The story, the emotion, and the beauty and precision of Barlow’s language can convince you that new writers who want to experiment are not all zombies risen from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  March 18, 2008


Pants afire

Fakeries and the faking fakers who fake them
The ratio of falsehood to truth in the universe has not, of course, altered one jot since the world began.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  March 13, 2008

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