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September 1, 2016
Imagine Flaubert’s ‘The Temptation of Saint Anthony’ set behind a Waffle House.
August 30, 2016
by Brian Hurley
Tom Wolfe thinks Charles Darwin was a fraud, a snob, a cheater, and an asshole. And he doesn’t like Noam Chomsky much better.
August 16, 2016
If ‘Riverine’ is mining the territory familiar to any coming-of-age narrative, then it stands out both by the relentlessness with which the comparative mind of the author works and by her willingness to question her own metaphor-making tendency.
August 16, 2016
This is an epic of identity. It proposes black identity (love, being wild) to its reader, as a written articulation of “black is beautiful”; it functions as a model of identity to adhere to and trust.
August 12, 2016
by Janet Manley
Bollocksing things up in front of your peers and suffering a metaphysical death from embarrassment is a fundamental part of the British human condition, if one that is downplayed in the fan worship abroad.
August 11, 2016
What does it mean to rewrite the Bible in slang? And how does that redress the sting of police profiling?
August 10, 2016
The literature of this war has focused on the homefront to a greater degree than any other conflict in U.S. history. Roy Scranton is having none of this.
August 8, 2016
How do we discern a writer’s religious beliefs? When does the private belief inform the public art?
August 5, 2016
by Bill Morris
SoHo Sins succeeds because it was written by a man with a day job, a job that gives him intimate knowledge of how a subculture works – its personalities and preoccupations, its business practices, its styles, its silliness and occasional beauty.
August 4, 2016
by Emily Tamkin
Vapnyar shows us America, the beautiful and absurd, managing to satirize it without ever losing sympathy for the people living in it.