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Sifting for substance in Scott Brown's Against All Odds
Brown's memoir, Against All Odds , tells the inspiring rags-to-riches tale of how one can rise from terrible circumstances to great power and influence, with just a little hard work, perseverance, supermodel good looks and world-class athletic ability.
The Naked Senator
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| February 19, 2011
Review: Frank Brady searches for Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer was (a) a former world chess champion; (b) the greatest chess player who ever lived; (c) an idiot savant; (d) a prodigy; (e) a megalomaniac; (f) anti-Semitic; (g) paranoid; (h) the guy Barbra Streisand had a crush on in high
| February 12, 2011
As the editorial director at Scholastic, David Levithan is surrounded by emotional stories about adolescents. Being overexposed to such hyperbolic feelings about feelings could easily turn a writer off pursuing such ventures himself — despite the secre
David Levithan defines affection
| February 11, 2011
Review: Tao Lin's Richard Yates
When this review is posted online, 27-year-old Tao Lin will quickly send out its URL in a tweet and file it on his website's meticulously maintained record of press coverage.
A better stunt: Lin transcends his self-promotion
| October 15, 2010
With its low crime rate and socialized everything, Sweden doesn’t seem very noirish compared with, say, LA. Then again, much of the country spends the entire winter without sunlight.
Stieg Larsson’s Girl is stinging Swedish noir
| May 28, 2010
Ace Atkins’s new novel is what the movie Public Enemies should have been.
Ace Atkins runs down Machine Gun Kelly
| May 21, 2010
When he was a fireworks-loving 12-year-old, Paul Guest rolled down a steep driveway on a bike with a broken brake cable. He steered onto the grass in an attempt to slow his momentum, the bike fell into a weed-concealed ditch, and Guest took flight. He la
Paul Guest’s life on wheels
| May 21, 2010
David Foster Wallace had a crush on Alanis Morissette. He drank Diet Rite soda by the case. David Lynch changed him.
| May 14, 2010
Lady of Leisure’s Prison Memoir
In prison, Piper Kerman had to get used to, among other trials, a bathroom infested with insects.
Crook Book Dept.
VALERIE VANDE PANNE
| May 07, 2010
As Under-Secretary of the Ted Hughes Rough Riders (Boston Chapter), I have been delighted by two recent developments.
Men are from Martin Amis, women are from . . . ?
| May 07, 2010
Red Sox fans are well versed in the creation myths of the team’s Dominican stars.
Or, what’s in the Dominican water?
| April 30, 2010
Hearts of glass
In Ali Shaw’s debut novel, death by glass becomes a star-crossed love story in the vein of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale — a tragedy that strips away its isolated characters’ fears and defenses and reveals their bravery.
Ali Shaw’s modern fairy tale
| April 09, 2010
People gather to read a book about people who gather to read a book
Now in its eighth year, Reading Across Rhode Island is a three-month project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at Providence Public Library. Its goal is to encourage readers across the state to read the same book and to engage in lively discussions
‘One Book. One State. Literally’
| April 02, 2010
Eat, pray, shove
So after all the roarings and the thumpings and the garlands and the scandals, after all the sex and the jazz and the fires on the moon and the women’s-libbers howling for his blood and the glass bouncing off Gore Vidal’s head, the old lion ends his days
Cooking with Mailer in two new memoirs
| April 02, 2010
Has Walter Mosley gone off crime fiction? With the creation of Easy Rawlins in 1990, Mosley perfected the African-American side of the genre — along with a poetic and insightful take on post-war LA up through the 1960s — in 11 consistently solid books, t
Can Walter Mosley kick the crime-novel habit?
| March 19, 2010
In his books Venus Drive , The Subject Steve , and Home Land , novelist and short-story writer Sam Lipsyte revels in rage.
Sam Lipsyte asks and tells
| March 12, 2010
Walkin' and talkin'
It counts as some small death, the blinders-on result of routine, when instead of noticing how the light hits the river or the man in front of the noodle shop crouches as if he'd got no bones, your thoughts pinball from your sandwich to an e-mail you wan
Unguided Zen-like tours through NYC
| March 12, 2010
Point of no return
Don DeLillo's novels have been shrinking, like a star collapsing into itself, perhaps, or vapor fading on a glass.
The end justifies the meaning in Don DeLillo's Omega
| March 05, 2010
A painful case
Is it living in a wishy-washy culture of sheepish PBS humanism and numbing political correctness that makes the nasty, psychopathic amorality — no, immorality! — of Patricia Highsmith's novels so savory and appealing?
Patricia Highsmith's ultimate mystery
| February 05, 2010
Power of place
I'd arranged the trip (Dogtown is about an hour and a half south of Portland) because I was planning to write about Elyssa East's new book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town.
Exploring a New England ghost town in person, and on the page
| January 29, 2010
Book Review: The Tin Drum
There are — and have always been — two Günter Grasses. There's the Grass who was born in Danzig and the Grass who was born in Gdansk.
Günter Grass and Tin Drum 2
| December 18, 2009
Review: Appetite for Self-Destruction
Like any good murder mystery, Steve Knopper's Appetite for Self-Destruction keeps the tension high and the action swift as the search for a culprit drags on.
How the record industry killed itself
| January 13, 2009
Cris du coeur
Uproot a city of artists and you will hear their cries, and New Orleans was nothing if not a gathering place for creatives.
Two writers remember New Orleans
| January 14, 2006
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