| Sep 13, 2009
Emily Brontë died in 1848, aged 30, leaving only one published book and some poems. That book, of course, is "Wuthering Heights" (recently issued in new editions, by Penguin and HarperCollins), a novel so strange and powerful that it sinks into the...
| Oct 14, 2009
Tad Friend's "Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor" is a memoir of growing up in the once unassailable American ruling class -- and of a long personal struggle to shed some of the emotional baggage such a lineage conferred....
| Oct 18, 2009
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 740 pp., $30
These days, when literature springs from mere experience and memoirs are justified by a change in eating habits, it seems fitting to remark on the heritage of...
| Oct 13, 2010
| 9:19 AM
"Cakewalk: A Memoir"
By Kate Moses
The Dial Press, 368 pages, $26.00
Kate Moses opens her lyrical and delectable memoir with a defining moment in her childhood. It’s 1965, in Palo Alto, California; she’s not quite four years old. Her...
| Oct 17, 2010
Most people who write fiction have day jobs mainly because writing fiction tends to pay poorly and sporadically. But James Franco, who has written a collection of short stories entitled "Palo Alto" (Scribners) is a movie star. So when he landed one of...
| Mar 13, 2011
Elizabeth Bishop, edited by Lloyd Schwartz
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 493 pp., $20 paper
Elizabeth Bishop, edited by Saskia Hamilton
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 339 pp., $16 paper
Elizabeth Bishop and the New Yorker
| Aug 16, 2011
| 3:52 PM
AK Slaughter, the dual voices of Emily Slaughter and Aran Keating, have been making music in Baltimore since their college days at Goucher, mixing fast with slow and musical simplicity with quirky complexity. Their answers for this week’s Like/...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 9:23 PM
The first house I owned was quite small, but it came with a wonderfully mysterious basement. Among the treasures housed therein was a wringer washer, a green metal cabinet that opened with a deliciously coffin-like squeal and a collection of textbooks...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 8:31 PM
Adrienne Rich, a pioneering feminist poet and essayist who challenged what she considered to be the myths of the American dream and subsequently received high literary honors, died Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz. She was 82.
The cause was...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 1:42 PM
There is nothing normal about "Next to Normal"at Columbia's Red Branch Theatre Company. This 2009 Broadway musical is a tuneful consideration of a family that is being ripped apart by the mother's mental illness. It's not the cheerful musical norm, that's...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 12:19 PM
"The obvious trouble with pen names … even with the most inspired and impressive ones, was that they somehow failed to convey truly the full extent of one's literary genius," said Romain Gary, the great French filmmaker and novelist, among other...