| Oct 4, 2009
CRITICISM IN AMERICAN CULTURE: New releases
Here are five titles that put the lie to the notion that criticism is a dying art.
Corn Flakes With
And Other Tales from
a Rock 'n' Roll Life
Rodale: 280 pp., $24.99
| May 9, 2010
They love to hate him, Martin Amis, the British literati's very own Princess Di. He can't go to the airport without the press commenting on where he stopped along the way and why, where he has his dental work done and whether a particular gesture or...
| May 30, 2010
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham
Random House: 640 pp., $35
The story of William Somerset Maugham, the stammering young boy who became a doctor and then the world's most famous writer since Dickens, has often been told,...
| Nov 29, 2009
Belknap Press: 656 pp., $45
Women Who Kill
Feminist Press: 468 pp., $15.95 paper
A couple of weeks ago in Venice, I was cycling back from the store and found 7th Avenue blocked by fire trucks and cop cars...
| Aug 30, 2009
" 'I must not,' said Jane, 'think of rats.' And proceeded to think of them as hard as she could." Bland, boring sentence, right? When I tell class after class of writing students that this one sentence -- plucked many decades ago from a children's book...
| Mar 8, 2009
The Winter Sun
Notes on a Vocation
Graywolf Press: 210 pp., $15 paper
"The formation of our relationship to the world (for some of us) is experienced as an unfolding." This is how poet and essayist Fanny Howe has always written about the...
| Feb 28, 2010
Alan Sillitoe, now in his 80s, grew up in Nottingham, in the English midlands, in the kind of squalor and poverty that, a century earlier, gave Charles Dickens nightmares. Sillitoe's father was a violent drunk; his mother, on occasion, was forced to...
| Nov 21, 2010
The handwritten pages of James Boswell's " London Journal 1762-1763" languished forgotten in a trunk in Scotland before being brought to light in the middle of the last century and issued under the auspices of Yale University. This event, together with...
| Apr 24, 2011
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
Selected Essays and Reviews
Graywolf: 422 pp., $18 paper
"Almost as soon as I began writing for magazines and newspapers," Geoff Dyer tells us in the introduction to "Otherwise Known as the Human...
| Jan 2, 2011
Bruce Chatwin, the brilliant English writer and stylish nomad, died from AIDS in late 1989. His memorial service, held in a Greek Orthodox Cathedral in London on the day that Ayatollah Khomeini handed a death sentence to Chatwin's friend Salman Rushdie,...
| Jul 25, 2010
In 1939, with Europe already sinking into World War II, 46-year-old Henry Miller left Paris, knowing that a cycle of his life had come to an end. As an expatriate in Paris he'd found his voice, and published the novels — "Tropic of Cancer," "Black...