March 31, 2011
by Edan Lepucki
I longed for a contemporary novel about contemporary life. I longed for references to malls, and to boners, and to “intense cell phones” and to a pillow made of denim with an actual jeans pocket on the front, “like it thinks it’s Bruce Springsteen.”
March 30, 2011
by Sonya Chung
Phelps and Deane were interested in the individualized, romantic convergence of reader and writer; in the deeply-felt notion that literature matters in life, that indeed it is life.
February 18, 2011
Potential is a dreamer’s word, an ideal state that may never be. Perhaps that’s what makes it a writer’s word.
February 3, 2011
by Bill Morris
It’s a ripping story, splashed with bloody horrors and punctuated by moments of serene beauty.
January 31, 2011
by Janet Potter
You have to embrace Bleak House for what it is – a rambling, confusing, verbose, over-populated, vastly improbable story which substitutes caricatures for people and is full of puns. In other words, an 800-page Dickens novel.
January 25, 2011
In her elegant debut novel The Fates Will Find Their Way, Hannah Pittard defies the odds; she takes a story we’ve all read before—a girl disappears, the lives of those left behind are changed forever in the aftermath—and manages to create something entirely original.
January 12, 2011
To find truth — and in so doing, beauty — in the game is the height of sportswriting, a genre usually mired somewhere between tawdry gossip and vitriolic hyperbole.
November 28, 2010
A quiet little miracle of a book.
November 28, 2010
He takes to task the Victorian obsession with categorizing, with trying to tame the wild, and makes a case for experiencing nature, for “green chaos.”
November 25, 2010
I love The Water-Method Man. Consider it my best suggestion for a holiday pick-me-up—a panacea for turkey fuck-ups, family dust-ups, and TSA feel-ups.