Books
08 November 2007
"After eight years, I was due for another collection of non-fictional prose," John Updike explains in the preface of...
Books
02 August 2007
If werewolves really do exist nowadays, then they are much more likely to appear on the crowded streets of Los Angeles...
Books
07 May 2007
The meaning of the word "disappear" has undergone an unhappy evolution in the past few de-cades. There was a time, not...
Books
12 February 2007
One of the best things about Anthony Swofford's celebrated memoir Jarhead was its depiction of what it was like to take...
Books
02 October 2006
While many novelists permit readers a deeper awareness of their characters' predicaments than the characters possess...
Books
03 July 2006
During a recent car journey through Massachusetts, I took my family for a reluctant lunch at a franchise of a...
Books
20 March 2006
Combining a radical critique of neoclassical economics with a story of marital strife might not seem a promising recipe...
Books
27 February 2006
On 8 November 1864, General Wil-liam Tecumseh Sherman issued a special field order to the large Union army he had...
Books
12 September 2005
A child who lives through a messy divorce will not necessarily be scarred, but Sean Wilsey's chances of escaping...
Books
24 January 2005
John Updike just might be the sexual revolution's most meticulous chronicler. With novels such as Rabbit, Run, Marry Me...
Books
22 November 2004
Since his death in 1992, Richard Yates has become famous for being America's "least famous great writer". Memorial...
Food and Drink
10 December 2001
There seems to be a bit of mischief going on in the title of Saul Bellow's new book. It is not, you will notice, The...
Books
03 December 2001
Some novels simply do not go away. They lodge in your consciousness, expanding rather than disappearing after the last...
Food and Drink
05 February 2001
After the career-crowning success of Don DeLillo's colossal 1997 novel, Underworld, it was daunting to think what this...
Books
27 November 2000
The memorable first sentence of Herbert Marcuse's 1964 masterpiece, One-Dimensional Man (Routledge), is rooted in its...