March 3, 2011
by Adam Gallari
In Mattaponi Queen gallows humor proves necessary, and often one is unclear whether the light at the end of the tunnel signals the brilliance of the sun or a rapidly approaching train.
February 28, 2011
Maybe it’s just that I’m a sucker for Cain’s fast, lean, hit-the-ground-running story-telling — talk as straight and sharp as a machete blade and twice as likely to leave you sore, since Noir heroes never end well–but it’s also that the Noir hero sees so much, narrates and describes what he sees so meticulously, and yet fails to see the destruction that awaits him.
February 25, 2011
Marie is the guilty pleasure personified, a trickster set loose on bourgeois morality and tact.
February 22, 2011
by Mary Pols
Reporting out on California’s Channel Islands, you could count on a day of freedom from yet another editorial whipping. Even more alluring, you could imagine all the histories that might have been.
February 22, 2011
I feel some kinship with Lars, the narrator of Lars Iyer’s Spurious, a debut novel and a meditation on friendship, failure, the apocalypse, messianism, and mold.
February 18, 2011
Who gets to be human? To what end evolution? What do education, language, sophistication portend? Can an animal learn emotional maturity the way they learn circus tricks? What aspects of humanity can—and cannot—be taught?
February 16, 2011
by Kelly Coyle
Much like what classical rhetoricians believed about eloquence, Fish argues you can teach students to write by teaching them to pour their ideas into the molds of well-formed sentences.
February 15, 2011
by John Wilwol
Rather than exploiting this obvious emotional peg, Eric Martin and Stephen Elliott take the high road. Donald is a smart, subtle story that provides new insight into a man at the center of it all.
February 14, 2011
by Janet Potter
If he’d been in a club getting sweat on by Fugazi, he never would have spent all those nights listening to R.E.M. and reading William Gibson, which gave him the sense of pride that comes from finding something you love and keeping it to yourself.
February 11, 2011
Amy Chua has produced a treatise on authoritarian vs. democratic political systems cleverly disguised as a parenting memoir.