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. . . And so is your mom

If you don't have anything nice to say dept.
Va te faire enculer . Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Actually, I just told you to fuck off. Pardon my French!
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 08, 2011


K is for clown

The lighter side of global annihilation
The lighter side of global annihilation
By: CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 30, 2009


Interview: Aerosmith's Joey Kramer

The Aerosmith drummer steps out from behind the kit to talk about his new book, Hit Hard .
The hard-living lifestyles of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry are well chronicled: the booze, the drugs, the long, flowing caftans.
By: THE SANDBOX  |  June 24, 2009


Aerosmith's Kramer put the 'Line' in 'Brookline'

In this book excerpt, Kramer recalls his life in greater Boston before the boys hit it big
All I know is that it's a fucking miracle that none of the five of us are dead.
By: JOEY KRAMER  |  June 24, 2009


Newman's own

Mainstream life, good read
Among Shawn Levy's books is one of my favorite film bios, King of Comedy , with crazy-guy Jerry Lewis, so show-off goofy and schmaltzy, spilling all on every exuberant, excessive page.
By: GERALD PEARY  |  June 24, 2009


Endurance Reads

Summer-Book Therapy Sessions
Beach reading . The very phrase is abhorrent to book lovers, connoting as it does cheap paperbacks, tumescent with air-dried seawater and crunchy with sand, paragraph after paragraph of poorly written pulp meant to be read as fast as the passing of summer itself.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  June 17, 2009


Interview: P.J. O'Rourke

Taking a spin: Driving like Crazy  is travel writing in the classic tradition of Robert Byron.
"Bringing government in to run the car companies is like saying, 'Dad burned dinner, let's get the dog to cook.' "
By: PETER KADZIS  |  June 17, 2009


Plain spoken

Colm Tóibín's see-through prose
In American prose, there is a plain style, a child of the 20th century, descending from Hemingway and Cather. The best New Yorker writers — James Thurber, Joseph Mitchell, Janet Malcolm — have it.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  June 16, 2009



April Smith's mystery/thrillers delve in darkness
Ana Grey is the fearless heroine of April Smith's dark and thoughtful thriller series. But reading these fast-paced books shows the question to be more complicated. Ana Grey is, after all, not only a brave FBI agent, but also the cowering daughter of a racist bully.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  June 09, 2009


Hard times

A former junkie looks back at tough days in Lowell
"You just shit yourself — every muscle, every joint aches. Your entire body cries for heroin. Just one bag of heroin, you know that's all you need, and you'll feel better."
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  June 08, 2009


Giving good gimmick

Granta at 30
To sustain a literary magazine over decades it pays to have a gimmick.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  June 08, 2009

Review: Bad Cop

Life as one of NYPD's not-so-finest
Title a book Bad Cop and brain-basher types like Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta spring to mind.
By: AMY FINCH  |  June 05, 2009


Full shelf

The best in summer reading
Hot town, summer in the city. . . . or in the country. . . . or at the beach. Wherever you are, don't forget your books.
By: BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 08, 2009


Death watch

Michael Connelly's newspaper elegy
Michael Connelly's newspaper elegy
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  May 19, 2009


River song

A lyrical turn in the South
Tim Gautreaux writes of a South that never changes. Dense, humid, with a fecundity that is more than a match for any human development, his South is largely a no man's land where the trees close off the sky, their roots rise "from the soppy mud like stalagmites," and the calm is broken only by the "stout windings of water moccasins."
By: CLEA SIMON  |  May 13, 2009


Good dirt

Davy Rothbart of Found magazine reads from Requiem on Saturday night at Precinct in Union Square
"Part of the mystery, when you find a love letter that was torn into bits: was it torn up by the person who received it, or did the person that wrote it tear it up before they even gave it to them?"
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  May 06, 2009


Bad girls

Mary Gaitskill carries on
People tend to make much of what they think of as Mary Gaitskill's fictional realm, a place of sexual transgression, of violence, violation, rape, and sado-masochism, and her female characters, the violated, the used, the users.
By: DANA KLETTER  |  April 28, 2009


Bloody good

Gore, pop, and dogs take the page
It's the ultimate high-concept book idea. A Mad-Libs smash-up of social satire and "ultraviolent zombie mayhem," designed from the title inward.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  April 22, 2009


Review: The Rocket that Fell to Earth

Roger Clemens's fall and rise and fall
On July 18, 1992, in a celebrated post-game meltdown at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, the pitcher formerly known as the Rocket expressed his displeasure over a column I had written.
By: GEORGE KIMBALL  |  April 01, 2009


Interview: Ulrich Boser

Going after the Gardner thieves
As we reach the 19th anniversary of the theft of 13 priceless art objects from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there's been a renewed effort to identify the thieves and retrieve the Gardner treasures.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 24, 2009


Interview: Leanne Shapton

Object lessons
There are many end-of-relationship rituals.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  March 24, 2009

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