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It's a cliché to say that an artist draws his power from his
contradictions, but the lives of the great composers provide easy grist
for the mill.
Martin Amis is the most condescended-to novelist of his time. He is also
one of the most literate, funny, quotable and (this the condescenders
never neglect to mention) talented.
While filming in Western Australia in May 1999, the critic Robert Hughes
survived--barely--a head-on collision with another car.
Most biographies of literary figures are a wonderful substitute for
actually having to read the work.
"We now live in a culture that's hyperaware of the construction and
manipulation of images in politics," David Greenberg writes in
How we miss Martha Gellhorn, and how we need her right now!
In the annals of American politics Winning Modern Wars is an
In January 1948 Dutton brought out the third novel of a promising young
writer named Gore Vidal. The publishing house was nervous.
On the page, Patricia Highsmith could inspire a law-abiding citizen to
become a willing accomplice to murder, at least within the realm of the
Who can recall the late Stokely Carmichael's first name and not
associate it with the two most incendiary words of the 1960s, Black