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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


General Tso’s way

The path of a Chinese foodie
Behind every dish lies a story, and behind a cuisine, well, there may be a book.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  March 12, 2008


Making book

Spring Arts Preview: Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
This spring brings exciting story collections from established authors and hot newcomers.
By: BARBARA HOFFERT  |  March 10, 2008


Same to you, fella

Find your vituperative voice
Snarking back at self-righteous, passive-aggressive, thick-skulled dimwits isn’t as easy as you might think.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 05, 2008


Strange fruit

Peter Chapman examines the rise of the banana
Consider the banana: that ambassador of potassium, patron saint of portable snacks, fundamental unit of slapstick, euphemiser of dementia.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 04, 2008


Web lore

Sarah Boxer’s best of the blogosphere
Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web outs itself on the back cover: “A book of blogs? WTF!!!”
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 25, 2008


Race and romance

Adrian Tomine’s graphic identity
You may recognize Tomine’s clean yet highly stylistic illustrations from the New Yorker or Rolling Stone , but this is his first attempt — and a successful one — at long-form narrative.
By: KRISTINA WONG  |  February 20, 2008


Show and tell

Adrian Tomine gets it together
I’d never really had a crush on a drawing before. But when I began reading Adrian Tomine several years ago, I started falling for ’em left and right.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  February 26, 2008



Axl Rose, Albert Goldman, and the renegade art of rock biography
I think it may have been sometime in the 1970s that the term “unauthorized” became sort of cool.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 26, 2009


Blues redux

The music’s other life
Demystifying the origins of the blues has become a cottage publishing industry.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008


Bishop, after all

The ‘poet’s poet’ gets canonized
To enter a Bishop poem with the mind and senses wide open is to be scrubbed back to first principles.
By: SVEN BIRKERTS  |  February 05, 2008


Pulp fiction

Russell Banks dips into the mainstream in The Reserve
The forbidding, remorseless Russell Banks has finally conceded to popular literature.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2008


Shots in the dark

Joe Carducci recalls the real price of punk
Naomi Petersen was not famous. Neither was she semi-famous, almost famous, post-famous, or notorious.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  January 29, 2008



Carol Gilligan steps into fiction
If ever a thinker stood for the idea of questioning authority, it was Carol Gilligan.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  January 22, 2008


Sweet fallout

Philip Whalen’s word bombs
Philip Whalen (1923–2002) is a great American poet.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  January 14, 2008


A philosopher in bunny ears

Steve Martin’s new memoir unlocks the freaky logic of his comedy
Martin’s new memoir, Born Standing Up , grants us our best access yet to this remote and brilliant figure — the cool architect of the comedy.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 31, 2007


Tough thrill

Household justice
People who love this book tend to talk as if reading it were experiencing something terrible and necessary.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 31, 2007


Free speech

Elizabeth Little’s word games
Twenty-six-year-old author (and Harvard grad) Elizabeth Little has had a lifelong love affair with language.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  December 31, 2007


Winter reads

Novels from Peter Carey and Russell Banks, poetry from Elizabeth Bishop, and advice from Madeleine Albright
Esteemed fiction writers, young stars, the Civil War, the ’60s, and the morass of contemporary geopolitics — it’s all here for reading during winter’s long, dark nights.
By: BARBARA HOFFERT  |  December 21, 2007

Sweet reads

Books: 2007 in review
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry the Phoenix wrote about in 2007.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007


News to me

Robert Hass’s National Book Award
Notwithstanding the occasional university-press finalist (this year: David Kirby), the National Book Award for poetry is generally open to only a few American poets.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  December 11, 2007

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