James Browning

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  • 10 years ago

    With The Afterlife, a brutally honest memoir of his childhood and awkward role as the "true husband" of his volatile, alcoholic mother, the stack of books by Donald Antrim now rises to the height of a single volume of Proust. Books are first and f...

  • 11 years ago

    Bad breath, horniness, binge drinking, wild mood swings, and a tendency to wander in the night—signs you are a werewolf or perhaps a teenager. This is the premise of the late Tristan Egolf's third novel, Kornwolf, in which the Amish and non-A...

  • 11 years ago

    Set at the beginning of the war on drugs and just after the war in Vietnam, Cormac McCarthy's ninth novel, No Country for Old Men, begins with former army sniper Llewelyn Moss aiming his rifle at a herd of antelope. "He studied the animals through...

  • 12 years ago

    Imagine Caliban as an adolescent girl. Like Shakespeare's monster who learns enough to curse learning, Kathy H., the narrator of Kazuo Ishiguro's devastating new novel Never Let Me Go, comes to doubt what she learned at Hailsham, an isolated board...

  • 13 years ago

    That hum you hear is the sound of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" being played an estimated 4,000 times a year on AM radio stations—one of them in your head. Andy Fyfe's entertaining When the Levee Breaks tells the story of how Led Zeppel...

  • 13 years ago

    While the rest of you were watching Trista and Ryan's wedding last month, those of us in Washington, D.C., were abuzz over the Supreme Court's decision upholding the power of Congress to limit campaign contributions. ABC's "wedding of the decade" ...


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