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Ol' Dirty's dirty side

Jaime Lowe's Life and Death of ODB
Sometimes it takes an outsider to understand the inside.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 09, 2009


Big dig

Unsworth and oil in Mesopotamia
Unsworth and oil in Mesopotamia
By: CLEA SIMON  |  January 06, 2009


More sex, more Lincoln

A hefty reading season, from Jayne Anne Phillips and T.C. Boyle to Pablo Neruda
The subject of Lincoln is like catnip to publishers (and readers), but the only things missing from our winter list are actual cat books.
By: BARBARA HOFFERT  |  December 30, 2008

Year in Books: Word plays

Of werewolves and wastelands
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that the Phoenix wrote about in 2008.
By: JON GARELICK  |  December 22, 2008


Review: My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poems of Jack Spicer

Strong spirits
Spicer believed that words are magic, that they have the power to "do" good and harm to people.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  December 19, 2008


Interview: Mia Kirshner

Going global
Best known for her role as The L Word 's bookish drama fiend Jenny Schecter, Mia Kirshner is very clear about one thing: to her, acting is a "day job."
By: SHAULA CLARK  |  December 09, 2008


Malcolm Gladwell's unlikely formulas for success

As Luck Would Have It
As Luck Would Have It
By: KARA HADGE  |  December 05, 2008


Sex and food and Abraham Lincoln

Gift books for every (perverse) taste
We put out a call to our contributors to suggest appropriate holiday gift books and what do we get back?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 05, 2008



The world in comics
This season, there are two best buys when it comes to bang for your comic-book buck.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 02, 2008


Interview: Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky

Two historians pen a bodice ripper
Long-time friends Jill Lepore and Jane Kamensky didn't set out to write Blindspot, a novel complete with murder, scandal, slave stealing, and some very hot sex.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  December 02, 2008


Swedish schnapps

The Martin Beck mysteries
Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö's Martin Beck mysteries are back in a fourth American printing.
By: WILLIAM CORBETT  |  December 02, 2008


Ghost story

Toni Morrison's colonial America
Toni Morrison's colonial America
By: RICHARD BECK  |  November 24, 2008


Never Say Smile

Annie Leibovitz highlights her career
Could there be anyone cooler to have for a photography teacher than Annie Leibovitz?
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  November 19, 2008


Excerpt: The School on Heart's Content Road

One week only: an exclusive excerpt from the acclaimed author's new novel
In the cold parlor of the St. Onge farmhouse, deep in the old collapsing couch, sort of wrapped in the couch, in its waves of whimpering springs and hills of upholstery of frazzled blue nap, are 15-year-old Brianna and Gordon.
By: CAROLYN CHUTE  |  November 14, 2008


Here comes the sun

It's All Right
It's All Right
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 14, 2008



Roberto Bolaño's 2666 may be the Great American Novel
Jorge Luis Borges wrote of the desert as a labyrinth without walls or center, unending and inescapable. That's a fair description of Roberto Bolaño's last work, the 912-page opus 2666 .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 11, 2008


Interview: Art Spiegelman

Drawing conclusions
"When you don't understand a painting, you assume you're stupid. When you don't understand a cartoon, you assume the cartoonist is stupid."
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2008


Table of content

Jim Harrison’s road trip
Jim Harrison’s fiction and essays are built from his particular blend of earthiness and erudition.  
By: BILL BEUTTLER  |  October 28, 2008


Beating a dead horse

An excerpt from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
I got home about 3:45 after eating breakfast at Riker’s on the corner of Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue  


Back Beat

At last, Kerouac and Burroughs's co-authored noir novel, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, resurfaces.
On a Sunday afternoon in December of 1997 I hooked up with the poet Jim McCrary at a Greenwich Village saloon.  
By: GEORGE KIMBALL  |  October 24, 2008


Scarlet letters

The uptight killjoy in us
Sarah Vowell’s fifth book, The Wordy Shipmates (Riverhead) — released on October 7 — examines New England Puritans with a meticulously researched, critical-yet-comical eye.  
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 09, 2008

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