| Oct 25, 2009
Last Night in Twisted River
Random House: 558 pp., $28
The opening passages of "Last Night in Twisted River" recycle John Irving's signature themes at such dizzy speed, it's as though the author were ticking boxes. New England?...
| Nov 15, 2009
Changing My Mind
The Penguin Press: 306 pp., $26.95
Reviewing Zadie Smith's 2001 debut, "White Teeth," the critic James Wood lumped the blazing hot young British writer with no less than Salman Rushdie, David Foster...
| Sep 2, 2007
They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment.
They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom,...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 5:12 AM
"The future belongs to crowds." - Don DeLillo, Mao II
If the 20th century version of video game marketing is attempting to observe what customers wanted, than the 21st has become a time about flat-out asking them.
Steam, Valve's online gaming store and...
| Jan 6, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Here's an interesting choice by a young actor making interesting choices — post ‘Twilight' fame. Robert Pattinson has signed on to play the lead in edgy auteur David Cronenberg's next film, “Cosmopolis.” The “History of...
| Jan 20, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Colin Farrell was out, so Robert Pattinson is in. Marion Cotillard is out. Might Keira Knightley be in? That from Indiewire, which isn't alone in wondering if the David Cronenberg adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel is going to be all that, what with...
| Jan 28, 2010
| 11:43 AM
J.D. Salinger, one of contemporary literature's most famous recluses, who created a lasting symbol of adolescent discontent in his 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye," died Wednesday. He was 91.
Salinger died of natural causes at his home in Cornish, N....
| Sep 28, 2010
Wednesday marked the autumnal equinox - meaning that it is now officially fall.
Despite the recent schizophrenic weather, there have been some signs that autumn is upon us: The start of the school year, the color changing leaves and the return of the...
| Jun 5, 2010
| 8:27 AM
"A Visit From The Goon Squad"
By Jennifer Egan
Knopf, 288 pages, $25.95
Jennifer Egan's decision to render portions of her new novel, "A Visit From the Goon Squad" (Knopf), as a PowerPoint presentation is: Clever. Edgy. Groundbreaking.
The novel by...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 7:31 AM
The first screening of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" came just weeks after the attacks of Sept. 11. The movie had been in the works for years, the first in a trilogy based on novels that had been written decades earlier, of course,...
| Sep 29, 2011
| 10:00 PM
It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and in November we'll see a different (and perhaps conflicting?) take when Condoleezza...