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August 30, 2016

Bango! Tom Wolfe Surfs the Net 3

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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

Looking for Meaning in ‘Riverine’ 0

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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

We Are 1: A Poem for Black Lives 1

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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

British Humiliation and ‘The Cursed Child’ 2

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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

Vast and Riotous: On Rion Amilcar Scott’s ‘Insurrections’ 0

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What does it mean to rewrite the Bible in slang? And how does that redress the sting of police profiling?

August 10, 2016

A Different Kind of Iraq Novel: ‘War Porn’ 0

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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

Still Searching: Poets on God 1

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How do we discern a writer’s religious beliefs? When does the private belief inform the public art?

August 5, 2016

Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Richard Vine’s ‘Soho Sins’ 1

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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

Making Strange: On Laura Vapnyar’s ‘Still Here’ 0

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Vapnyar shows us America, the beautiful and absurd, managing to satirize it without ever losing sympathy for the people living in it.

August 4, 2016

The Art of the Eulogy: On ‘Dead People’ 3

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You don’t need to read ‘Dead People’ front to back; its value lies within its stylish and substantive reconsideration of an ancient form.