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On Reza Aslan’s Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East.

Aug 10, 2011 / Books & the Arts / Elias Muhanna

Drunk and Disorderly Drunk and Disorderly

Jean Rhys wrote about women who tangled with class and sexuality on their own terms.

Oct 6, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Phoebe Connelly

Chop Shops Chop Shops

Over a decade ago, in his novel The Ax, Donald E. Westlake captured the ruthlessness and anomie of economic Darwinism.

May 26, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Charles Taylor

A Vigorous, Quiet Revolt: Things Fall Apart At Fifty A Vigorous, Quiet Revolt: Things Fall Apart At Fifty

Published fifty years ago, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart mounted a literary rebellion against the everyday amalgamations and condescension that treat Africa as an undiffere...

May 4, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Howard W. French

Bridging It Bridging It

With the help of a collector, Sonny Rollins has taken the curating of his career in a new direction.

Mar 31, 2009 / Books & the Arts / K. Leander Williams

In the Money In the Money

An exhibit of New Yorker cartoons at the Morgan Library shows that, for the rich, America itself is enemy territory.

Mar 2, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Charles Taylor

The Leavetaking The Leavetaking

What legacy did Harold Pinter leave behind?

Feb 17, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Richard Byrne

The Tattoo Archipelago The Tattoo Archipelago

The taxonomy of Russian criminal tattoos.

Feb 3, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Megan Buskey

Underground Man Underground Man

Nimrod Workman's craggy ballads of Mingo County coal country.

Jan 20, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Justin Taylor

BookExpo 2012, Los Angeles BookExpo 2012, Los Angeles

The hottest titles exorcise ghosts from our political past.

Jan 6, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Will Heinrich