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New biographies of Benito Mussolini and Marilyn Monroe contemplate
exploitation of the body--in life and after death.

For prose scholar Viktor Shklovsky, who lived by the
code of style and studied its depths, an unhappy love affair can be as
much a personal tragedy as a plot device for more writing.

Although The Aesthetics of Resistance delves into leftist
notions of art and class struggle, this account of an anti-Nazi youth
group in Germany seems outdated now.

A womanizing gospel king and black-pride pop star, Sam
Cooke led a short life filled with contradiction.

Joseph Horowitz diligently lays out the immense problems that face American classical music today, and his warnings cannot go unheeded.

Barbara Ehrenreich probes a deeper level of white-collar angst: people who lose or quit their corporate jobs and routinely spend months, even years, finding another.

It has almost become a sadness to review a novel by Salman Rushdie. Shalimar the Clown is no exception.

It can't be easy to rein in a writer as successful as Zadie Smith. Her new novel, On Beauty, proves it's almost impossible.

Orgasms used to be a secret, then they became a right.
Now they're a duty. It's time to explode the myths.

Daniel Fuchs's The Golden West is best read as an
author's requiem for the Hollywood he loved.

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