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Thursday, September 21, 2017
David L. Ulin

What To Make Of David Foster Wallace As Portrayed In ‘The End of the Tour’?

‘The End of the Tour’ is all about our relationship to image, both in the story it tells, of a writer at the very moment he became an icon, and also in the way it tells that story.

August 8, 2015

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set A Watchman’ Reveals A Darker Side Of Maycomb

It would be a mistake to read Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman as a sequel to her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. There are many points of divergence or overlap between the novels, which are related in a complicated way.

July 19, 2015

‘The Ferguson Report’ Offers A Damning Indictment

The timing couldn’t be more appropriate: Last week, barely five days after Dylann Storm Roof allegedly killed nine people at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Justice Department’s The Ferguson Report, first made public in March, came out in book form.

July 5, 2015

Milan Kundera’s ‘Festival Of Insignificance’ On Being And Smallness

There’s not much to Milan Kundera’s 10th novel, The Festival of Insignificance — his first work of fiction since 2000’s Ignorance — but then that’s part of the point.

June 28, 2015
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Osama Bin Laden’s Bookshelf Revealed: What You Can Learn From His Reading List

The texts on bin Laden’s bookshelf reveal the terrorist’s fanaticism with American democracy and politics.

June 2, 2015

Nick Cave Goes The Distance With ‘The Sick Bag Song’

Nick Cave has long operated in a particular rock ‘n’ roll tradition: that of the poete maudite. Patti Smith, Jim Morrison, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan — these are some of the analogues to Cave’s creative posture. Not surprisingly, like all of them, he has not only made music but also written books.

April 26, 2015

T. Geronimo Johnson Brings Culture Clash To ‘Welcome To Braggsville’

“Welcome to Braggsville,” a novel about the clash of cultures, on both personal and collective terms.

February 19, 2015