August 12, 2011
I Could Show You Memories To Rival Berlin in the Thirties: Christopher Isherwood and The Berlin Stories 4
To understand Isherwood is to understand his infatuation with liars, which I think makes it reasonable to ask whether he himself was lying, or at least half-lying in a way he could find almost believable. But exactly what is he lying about and why do we as readers long to be taken in?
August 11, 2011
We’re introduced to the Edes on Day Seven Thousand Four Hundred and Eighty-Three — that is, the number of days since Malcolm, after going on a real birthday bender, crawled into his childhood bed and, at the tender age of twenty-five, refused to leave.
August 9, 2011
by Bill Morris
House of Holes is a carefully constructed contrivance, a vehicle for exploring a fantasy that could exist only in a country that’s both obsessed with sex and deeply conflicted about it. In short, it’s every pubescent boy’s wet dream. But is it good fiction?
August 5, 2011
Christopher Boucher’s strange and dazzling debut novel concerns a young man whose girlfriend gives birth to a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle.
July 29, 2011
by Janet Potter
Seabiscuit wasn’t about a horse. You don’t have to like football to love Friday Night Lights. A great narrative is great in any genre, and A Song of Ice and Fire is perhaps the most compelling, fully realized narrative in modern literature.
July 25, 2011
To write a book about a suicide, to call it Suicide, and to then take your own life before its publication is, whatever else it is, a way of exerting an overpowering influence over how that work is received.
July 22, 2011
The German novelist Irmgard Keun’s life was the stuff of fiction: she was a best-selling debut novelist at twenty-six, published a second bestseller a year later, was blacklisted by the Nazi regime and in exile by the spring of 1936. She was possessed of a spectacular talent. She managed to convey the political horrors she lived through with the lightest possible touch, even flashes of humor.
July 20, 2011
Five years ago, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens launched a jihad against religion. But their colleague A.C. Grayling’s new “Humanist Bible” suggests something surprising: maybe the quarrel wasn’t really with God after all.
July 15, 2011
It’s not the large problems that drive The Arrivals but the small ones—Mitchell’s meticulous attention to detail and the vibrancy with which she portrays the complex emotions of family life.
July 14, 2011
“A good cover is both a tribute to the original and its own new song.”