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group in Germany seems outdated now.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.