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  • 7 years ago

    "Winter here is a pitiless bitch," was how David Foster Wallace once described his native Midwest, though to borrow a phrase from his favorite Shakespeare play he might as well have been referring to this mortal coil. Forget about the footnotes. A...

  • 9 years ago

    You've heard this one before: A famously insensitive lame-duck politician answers a national tragedy with unexpected compassion. His steady leadership temporarily silences his critics, and earns him Time's Man of the Year award and the immortal ho...

  • 9 years ago

    As reference book adaptations go, Psychopathia Sexualis is hardly Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex*: The money shot does feature bared breasts, but they aren't giant, and alas they don't attack Woody Allen. Based on entries from a la...

  • 9 years ago

    A novel about a mad bomber by John Updike —why not? When White Noise was published, nobody gave Don DeLillo any shit for moving to the suburbs. Like the straying husbands and bored housewives in his stories, it's not as if Updike has ever res...

  • 9 years ago

    Not the least troublesome effect of Germany's declaration of war against France on August 3, 1914, was to disrupt the household at 102 Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. The master of those quarters, an obscure writer who had published Du Côt&eac...

  • 9 years ago

    Amy Hempel knows how to load a one-liner with meaning—"The house next door was rented for the summer to a couple who swore at missed croquet shots"—but for a fictional world rife with unfaithful men and made bearable by the loyalty of po...

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