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2016 Republican National Convention
July 21, 2016
The Partisan Reviewer
In two recent essay collections, Tim Parks explores why we bother with reading and writing books.
June 17, 2016
What Rebecca Schiff Knows
Her most obvious forebear in minimalist stories is Lydia Davis. But Schiff is certainly charting her own path.
May 20, 2016
Stephen O’Connor Dreams of Thomas Jefferson
Even as it condemns Jefferson for his immoral conduct, O’Connor’s novel still holds him up as a hero.
May 16, 2016
A Blues for Albert Murray
His name was never household familiar. Yet his complex, mind-opening analysis of art and life remains as timely as ever—probably more so.
Thomas Chatterton Williams
May 11, 2016
Don DeLillo’s American Dream
His recent protagonists dream only of money, except perhaps for the technological advances that will allow them to go on acquiring it indefinitely.
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April 29, 2016
What Is It Good For?
In his new story collection, Luke Mogelson demonstrates that American soldiers fight for someone, and something, other than the reasons you hear.
April 19, 2016
Callan Wink’s New West and Old Feelings
Dog Run Moon
, disaster strikes everyone, even those who are right living.
April 8, 2016
The Need of the Forgotten
The novelist and poet Carmen Boullosa talks about her obsession with lost stories and found textual objects, and how rereading gives books new faces.
March 22, 2016
Her Name Is Lucy Barton
For all the plot devices that novelist Elizabeth Strout uses,
My Name Is Lucy Barton
’s successes rest on the protagonist’s voice.
February 26, 2016
Jacqueline Susann’s Queer Feminism
Valley of the Dolls
actually hold up as a read 50 years later?