Literature

One Whale Too Many: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Arctic Adventure
October 18, 2012

Now published for the first time, Conan Doyle's Arctic adventures offer a pre-Holmes glimpse of the writer.

Portishead: The Literary Genius of Charles Portis
October 08, 2012

Despite the intense devotion Portis inspires, he has remained a very shadowy literary figure.

The Chamber of Secrets: J.K. Rowling's Second Act
October 03, 2012

The Casual Vacancy is a loose, baggy novel, but once a central narrative starts to emerge, the result is penetrating and pleasantly acerbic.

Memory Babe: Kerouac’s Girlfriend Remembers
September 25, 2012

Johnson’s closeness to Kerouac is invaluable for Johnson the memoirist, it is limiting for Johnson the disinterested biographer.

Sentimental Education: How Junot Díaz Learned to Love
September 17, 2012

This book most fully represents the collision of male and female that is central to Díaz’s particular voice.

Steve Stern: Memory Man of the American Jewish South
September 13, 2012

How is a Jewish novelist, raised in an assimilated household in the South, supposed to navigate this complicated terrain?

War Lies
September 10, 2012

The Yellow Birds's disordered, digressive narration places the novel squarely in an American tradition of war writing.

The New Haunted House
September 06, 2012

The new variety of haunted house is a variation on the classic: a place where dreams wither.

The Good Reader
September 04, 2012

The literary community needs more smart criticism, not less positive criticism.

Monster Mash-Up
August 28, 2012

For Victor LaValle the supernatural is a means to heighten the horrors that have always inspired his work.

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