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Review: John Brandon's Citrus County

Creeps done well: Anti-social wonderland
Pre-teen creeps abound in contemporary cinema.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 15, 2010


Review: William Gibson's Zero History

Fashionista: Gibson in the present tense
It’s been more than 10 years since he’s set a book anywhere but the present. Regardless, cyberpunk visionary William Gibson’s new novel still occupies top spots in multiple science-fiction rankings this week.
By: JOHN BOWKER  |  September 14, 2010


Fall Books Preview: Getting booked

 Readings, festivals, and other seasonal literary events
Two Sedarises, two New Yorker favorites, and a famous neurologist are among the highlights of this fall’s book events.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 14, 2010


Review: Per Petterson plumbs The River of Time

Norse code
Why would Per Petterson — the bestselling Scandinavian writer whose books don't feature an invincible crimefighting heroine — curse the river of time when he is so adept at navigating it?
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  September 07, 2010


Interview: Gary Shteyngart

Dystopia now
Onionskin jeans are transparent, cost a fortune, and send your fuckability rating off the charts.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 07, 2010

Interview: David Foster Wallace

 Talking about fiction, fellatio and meddling editors with the only American essayist who uses "like" as punctuation.
Editor's Note: This story originally appeared in the February 20, 1998 edition of the Boston Phoenix .
By: TOM SCOCCA  |  November 30, 2010


Review: Rob Sheffield's inner Sheena

Womanly man
It was probably a common impulse, wanting to save Rob Sheffield.
By: AMY FINCH  |  August 31, 2010


Now it can be told: Boston to read Perrotta

One City, One Story
If you haven't read Tom Perrotta's short story "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face," don't worry: there are 30,000 opportunities to do so coming to town very soon.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 29, 2010


Critics' choice?

Jonathan Franzen and the Great American Novel
This month, Jonathan Franzen became the first living American novelist in 10 years to make the cover of Time . His Freedom — out this Tuesday, and his first novel since 2001's National Book Award–winning best seller, The Corrections — has been anointed the latest Great American Novel.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 29, 2010


Interview: Alexander Zaitchik

Alexander Zaitchik deconstructs Glenn Beck
It's hard to find words to describe how equally salacious and asinine it is that, on August 28, Fox News merrymaker Glenn Beck is hosting a Tea Party rally on the National Mall to coincide with the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 23, 2010


Review: The World That Never Was

Lies your teacher told you about anarchism
Some marketing wizard gave Oxford-based historian Alex Butterworth's exhaustive history of the international anarchist movement a fun title it doesn't deserve.
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  August 17, 2010


Perfect worlds

J.C. Hallman's utopias
In utopia, everything is wonderful. Reading about it usually isn't.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 15, 2010


A good walk

Gail Caldwell remembers Caroline Knapp
Before Caroline Knapp died of lung cancer — in 2002, at age 42 — she'd gone bestseller with the most private of torments: her alcoholism (in Drinking: A Love Story ) and her anorexia ( Appetites: Why Women Want ).
By: AMY FINCH  |  August 09, 2010


Interview: Paolo Bacigalupi talks about The Windup Girl

Paolo Bacigalupi talks about The Windup Girl
By: ARAFAT KAZI  |  August 06, 2010


Ellis's endgame

Less than Less Than Zero
A quarter-century after the debut of Less Than Zero , in what amounts to a self-referential epilogue, Ellis's spoiled children have grown into spoiled adults, and the magnets in their moral compasses rest askew.
By: CARRIE BATTAN  |  July 27, 2010


Interview: Carl Hiaasen

Rounding up the usual suspects
Novelist Carl Hiaasen likes to create scenarios where very bad and tremendously satisfying things happen to despicable people: crooked politicians, real-estate scammers, environment despoilers, greedy bastards of all stripes.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 22, 2010


Road again

Joseph Mattson's wild ride
Joseph Mattson's second Los Angeles–spawned novel is at least up front about where it's headed: "Here I was, doing ninety on the Santa Monica Freeway with a quart of whiskey shoved into my crotch and my dead neighbor in the trunk."
By: STEVE MILLER  |  July 21, 2010


Slideshow: Harvey Pekar

Artifacts from the David Bieber archives of the late comic-book writer's work
Artifacts from the David Bieber archives of the late comic-book writer's work
By: DAVID BIEBER  |  July 15, 2010


Review: Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance

Alexander Zaitchik methodically unravels Glenn Beck's Christmas sweater
Common Nonsense effectively and in detail confirms what thinking folks already knew but may have had difficulty explaining: Beck, equal parts Mormon and moron, is a towering ignoramus and a shameless bigot.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 16, 2010


Harvey Pekar: 1939 - 2010

In memoriam
Probably the echt moment for me in all the volumes of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor comics comes when the eternally bedraggled and grumpy Harvey receives a fresh package of review vinyl from Downbeat magazine and grumbles about getting yet another Sonny Stitt record.
By: JON GARELICK  |  July 16, 2010


Interview: Naomi Novik on her Temeraire series

From Neverwinter Nights to the Napoleonic War — with dragons
With her sixth Temeraire fantasy, Tongues of Serpents , out this week, New York Times bestseller Naomi Novik takes on dragons, Peter Jackson, and the beginning of the end of a beloved series.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  July 16, 2010

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