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Hanna Rosin's 'Men'

Hanna Rosin's anachronistic and jumbled The End of Men: And the Rise of Women is exactly what you'd expect.
By: THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  October 01, 2012


Michael Chabon feels the flow

Michael Chabon has a thing for pop culture.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  September 28, 2012


Junot Díaz: down and dirty

Pulitzer alum and MIT prof Junot Díaz's new book, This Is How You Lose Her , follows his alter ego Yunior to Boston, where he gets yelled at by racists and rejected by women.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 21, 2012


Readers say the darndest things

Bookstore culture from the inside
Bookstores — those endangered spaces perpetually under threat from market forces and the relentless march of technology — trade on charm.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 14, 2012


Interview: Todd Gitlin looks at Occupy

Most aficionados of progressive politics probably knew that Todd Gitlin would write a book on Occupy even before he did.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 11, 2012


Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of the crime

Digging for Fire
In 1985, with President Ronald Reagan boasting of "Morning in America," and no end in sight to the inequalities in America's public schools, educator, activist, and writer Jonathan Kozol traveled from his hometown of Newton, Massachusetts, to New York's South Bronx, statistically the poorest neighborhood in the country.
By: JOHN J. KELLY  |  September 17, 2012


The immortal life of Harvey Pekar

A comics legend’s posthumous abundance
So here's our man, gone these two years and still putting out work.
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  August 29, 2012


Summer reads for 2012

By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 17, 2012


Worthy pastimes for highbrow youngsters

Existentialism for tots
Hey, nerdy smart kids!   This October, a publisher called Bloomsbury will put out a special activity book just for you!
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 15, 2012


Alif the Unseen

Excerpted from the novel by G. Willow Wilson
Alif sat on the cement ledge of his bedroom window, basking in the sun of a hot September.
By: G. WILLOW WILSON  |  August 14, 2012


Ride a Cockhorse

Excerpted from the novel by Raymond Kennedy
Looking back, Mrs. Fitzgibbons could not recall which of the major changes in her life had come about first, the discovery that she possessed a gift for persuasive speech, or the sudden quickening of her libido.
By: RAYMOND KENNEDY  |  August 14, 2012


The Collective

Excerpted from the novel by Dan Lee
There's a road in Sudbury, on the outskirts of Boston, called Waterborne.
By: DON LEE  |  August 14, 2012


Tana French’s murder scenes

Crime Waves
Grisly-murder novelist Tana French has an infectious laugh and an easygoing cadence to her voice, something that might surprise you if you've read her novels.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  July 18, 2012


A former porn star looks back on the life

Just Jennie
Formerly known as Penny Flame, California native Jennie Ketcham spent her young adult years grinding as one of porn's preeminent girls next door.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 11, 2012


Richard Brautigan’s highs and lows

Jackalope Tales
Richard Brautigan (1935-1984) came of age as a writer in Beat Generation San Francisco, but he was no beatnik.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  July 10, 2012


The dead end of DIY publishing

Self-published novelists – the Rodney Dangerfields of the book world — are finally getting some respect. But are they better off?
It all started with Still Alice .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 03, 2012


The self-published come to BEA

On writers row
Kenneth Brown stood in a remote corner of Manhattan's Javits Center floor.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 03, 2012


John Brandon adapts to his surroundings

A Million Heavens (McSweeney's), John Brandon's surreal and humane third novel, follows a group of misfit searchers in a New Mexico desert town.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  July 02, 2012


Interview: Sapphire speaks her mind

Still Pushing
If there's one thing that novelist Sapphire is not, it's wishy-washy.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  June 27, 2012


David Goodis’s solitary walk

The dark end of the street
Because we live in a country that forever needs to be told to appreciate its native artists, Americans are in love with classification.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  June 22, 2012


Got something to say about your favorite album? 33 1/3 just might print it

Liner notes
David Barker does not know exactly how many proposals he has read since he started 331/3, the esteemed series of small, somewhat flimsy, uniformly sized books about records. He doesn't know how he wants to commemorate its 10-year anniversary next spring.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  June 21, 2012

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