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Animal husbandry

Ted Hughes and Les Murray
Les Murray and Ted Hughes, though they dwelled in each other’s antipodes, had plenty in common.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  August 15, 2007


Dead white females

From Fall Out Boy to One Night in Paris , modern pop culture is what it is today thanks to 10 long-expired ladies
Can you remember the last time you curled up under the covers with Marcel Proust’s I n Search of Lost Time ?
By: SHARON STEEL  |  August 08, 2007


Star power

Deneuve demystifies — and enchants
Deneuve has been in the public eye long enough to know that only damn fools reveal themselves to the public.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 07, 2007


Dog lives

Jon Katz, Mark Doty, and their best friends
Dog Days , Dog Years , dog decades, dog centuries . . . where will this madness end?
By: AMY FINCH  |  August 01, 2007


The Golden Age of Comics

Comic critic Douglas Wolk on Reading Comics
Ever wondered what would happen if the famed Simpsons ’ Comic Book Guy held a master’s in literary criticism?
By: JON MEYER  |  August 02, 2007


Breaking the spell

Harry Potter’s story comes to an end — but will readers, or reading, ever be the same?
How did a “children’s story” become the literary epic of our time?
By: JOYCE MILLMAN  |  July 24, 2007


Bound and gagged

Lisa See gets tied up in the Qing
Girl meets boy; girl loses boy; girl wins boy back. It’s an old story, and it usually works, even when it’s set halfway around the world and the girl and boy are 17th-century Qing Dynasty aristocrats.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  July 18, 2007


Cold comforts

Miranda July’s performance pieces
In photographs, indie wünderwaif Miranda July stares back at us with big, wet blue eyes, curls dangling about her face, lips glistening and parted just so.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 10, 2007


Mystic rivers

When G.I. Gurdjieff came to Boston
Was Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff a charlatan?
By: JAMES PARKER  |  July 03, 2007


Good eatin’

Barbara Kingsolver grows her own
In 2005, author Barbara Kingsolver moved her family from Tucson to a farm in Virginia to embark on a year-long experiment of returning to nature.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 27, 2007


Heat waves

Summer reads to cool off with
“Summer joys are spoilt by use,” wrote John Keats, meaning the less you do between June and August, the better.
By: JOHN FREEMAN  |  June 28, 2007


The man who knew too much

Philip K. Dick enters the Library of America
Around the age of 13, Philip K. Dick started having a recurring dream.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 28, 2007


Ice and fire

Ice Cream’s cold contemporary art, Burning Man’s hot stuff
Burning Man began as a San Francisco pyromaniacs’ beach party in 1986.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 28, 2007


Sifting the trash heap

Things I love about the gold and the garbage in comics
There’s an image in an old Warlock comic book by Jim Starlin that sums up a lot of the peculiar, shared pleasure of reading comics.
By: DOUGLAS WOLK  |  June 28, 2007


Wall jumpers

Frederick Taylor’s Berlin story
In the center section of Frederick Taylor’s book about the Berlin Wall, there’s a November 1989 photograph of rows of Berliners straddling the high cement barrier.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  June 19, 2007


Lucky leader

A worthy life of Kingsley Amis
Eight hundred pages long, with another 200 pages of notes, The Life of Kingsley Amis is stunningly comprehensive.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 12, 2007


Gumshoes and golems

Michael Chabon’s Alaskan-Yiddish noir
Michael Chabon has boundary issues.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  June 05, 2007


Cheatin’ heart

In Lionel Shriver, you only live twice
In The Unbearable Lightness of Being , Milan Kundera struck upon an idea to give every cheating heart a moment’s pause.
By: JOHN FREEMAN  |  January 28, 2010


Yule logs

Virgil, Ted Williams, Courtney Love, Bruce Springsteen, and other ideas for the giving season
From $16 paperbacks to $120 collector’s items, we’ve come up with a range of selections that should cover everyone on your list — from former classics majors and music fans to future art critics and lovers of high-fashion soft-core.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 28, 2010


God's country

Thomas Frank goes to the heartland
We live in Massachusetts, with troubles of our own. So why should we care about What's the Matter with Kansas? , the title of Thomas Frank's new book?
By: CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 25, 2011
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