Phyllis Fong

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  • 9 years ago

    Tony Kushner, behind round-rimmed glasses, is so assuredly charismatic throughout Freida Lee Mock's documentary portrait that an admission that he finds writing painfully difficult almost seems incongruous. It's hard to intuit doubt from this stea...

  • 9 years ago

    Water may be grief's most figurative and convincing form, destructive in onslaught and lingering in aftereffect. Recent events have made mud of God's covenant—the one about the rainbow and never again destroying the earth with flooding—a...

  • 9 years ago

    Bridget Jones's Diary first gave the term singleton wide circulation, as a sad but hopeful concept seeking completion in marriage. Before that, it had a biological meaning; or it was a design pattern for Java software developers, or a solitary car...

  • 10 years ago

    Martin Amis wrote, of Humbert Humbert's essential unreliability, "let us remember that Nabokov was capable of writing entire fictions . . . in which the narrators have no idea what is going on at all." Rodrigo Fresán's Kensington Gardens, t...

  • 10 years ago

    If LitPAC ran for Congress, we'd know what we'd be getting. The cabal of politically minded authors is confident ("Progressive values are American values"), its platform is clearer than some Democrats' (American military power as a last resort, wi...

  • 10 years ago

    "Utopia" is a heady word; a "matriarchal utopia" is cause for investigation. Blossoms of Fire tackles the myth of the Zapotec women of Juchitán, Mexico, opening with a villainous Elle magazine article that depicted a land of "red-hot mamas,...


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