| Oct 19, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Alumni of New Jersey's Weequahic High who signed up for the Oct. 17 "Philip Roth's Newark" bus tour as part of their 50th reunion celebrations were surprised to find that it included Philip Roth himself. It's the second time the......
| Apr 21, 2009
Right about then, the Age of Aquarius seemed to be reaching an apocalyptic conclusion: Amid campus riots, a contentious war and political assassinations, it was hard not to feel fatalistic.
And Robert Silverberg, a New York writer who'd recently...
| Jan 5, 2009
Since Jack London's mysterious death in 1916, he has been, like one of the frozen men in his Klondike tales, a writer encased in his own reputation: We know him as the dog writer. Whether it was Buck in "The Call of the Wild," coming to terms with his...
| Sep 14, 2008
IN PERSON, 75-year-old Philip Roth seems anything but indignant. Seated on a couch in the inner sanctum of his agent's office, he is soft-spoken, prone to long, thoughtful pauses. Even his clothing -- khaki pants, brown shoes, an Oxford shirt with a light...
| Sep 16, 2008
ONE OF THE ways to recognize truly great writers is that even their mistakes engage us.
Philip Roth is our greatest living novelist, and his new book, "Indignation," is an irritating, puzzling and fascinating bundle of mistakes, miscalculations and self-...
| Oct 5, 2008
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco: $25.95) A mute dog breeder is banished by his uncle à la "Hamlet." || 11 ||
|| 2. || The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone:...
| Oct 10, 2008
If the selection of French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio as the 2008 Nobel literature laureate has anything to tell us, it's that Horace Engdahl means what he says.
Last week, Engdahl, the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary, called American...
| Oct 31, 2008
Toward the end of "Promenade of the Gods," Japanese novelist Koji Suzuki pens one of those unfortunate sentences that invite reviewers to bludgeon him with his own pronouncements. "When it came to injecting a broad story into a person's head," Suzuki...
| Nov 9, 2008
"The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" was first published back in 1988 and immediately tagged a "brat pack" novel, causing its author, the then preposterously young Michael Chabon (he was still only in his early 20s) to be spoken of in the same breath as Bret...
| Aug 2, 2008
LOS ANGELES, the playwright and performance artist Luis Alfaro once said, is "like a bunch of little border towns, and you have to cross over those borders. If you figure out the dynamics of each little border town, you can get along well."
| Mar 14, 2010
Backing Into Forward
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 450 pp., $30
Whether newspapers live or die, the prognosis for the comic strip doesn't look promising. The extinction of the form not much more than a century after its birth would...