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Gift Guide 2010: Books that'll make your coffee table look smart

There are books, and then there are deluxe books. They're like normal books, but more badass.
 Rock of Pages

Maximum pleasure

Ann Beattie emerged in the 1970s in the pages of the New Yorker with a cast of post-grad characters who smoked pot, bummed around, fell in and out of relationships, and faced the world with a shrug and the latest rock and roll on the stereo.
Ann Beattie hasn’t been sleeping
By JON GARELICK  |  July 02, 2010

Grave Spotting

I asked the question this way: "Where would you want to be buried?" Not "do," but "would." That is to say if, by chance, you were to die, unlikely as that might be, where would you want to spend all of nonexistence?
Spooky? A bit, but Massachusetts's cemeteries are also the bucolic, final resting places of many great American writers.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 18, 2010

Raw Boswell

David Foster Wallace had a crush on Alanis Morissette. He drank Diet Rite soda by the case. David Lynch changed him.

By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 14, 2010

Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust

Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009

Goal rush!

Get two journalists in a room these days, and before the conversation is five minutes old they'll probably be kvetching about the grim state of the news business. Unless, that is, they happen to be sports journalists, in which case the conversation wil
How long can Boston's frenetic sports-media explosion last?
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 04, 2009


Mixed book bag

It looks like a good season run-up to beach reads, with new fiction from Denis Johnson and Aleksandar Hemon, biographies of Gabriel García Márquez and Cornelius Vanderbilt, and John Updike's final collection of poetry.
Reads to thaw out with
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  March 16, 2009

Doodle bugs

Every teen mag worth its weight in heartthrobs can tell you what your notebook doodlings reveal about your personality.
Brushes with greatness
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  January 02, 2008

History tour

Whitewash has floated like a soap scum on the bloodbath of America’s past as told in the history books.
Zeitgeist’s compelling   Kentucky Cycle; Double Edge’s Republic of Dreams
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 09, 2007

War, peace, and Robert Pinsky

Every few years, a fall publishing season emerges that should remind us that Boston could be the literary epicenter of America.
The season's fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 12, 2007

Gulag days

For a writer, what a complicated pleasure it is to read Martin Amis — complicated, that is, by thrills of envy, larcenous surges, and bleak shafts of professional despair. Phrase for phrase, nobody should be this good.
Martin Amis’s Soviet sojourn
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 17, 2007


Trump of judgment

“Some people cast shadows,” wrote Donald Trump in a 2005 letter to the New York Times Book Review , “and other people choose to live in those shadows. To each his own.”
The Apprentice , I’m from Rolling Stone , and Beauty and the Geek
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 11, 2007

The Cambridge Castle of Comedy

“I have a summer castle out on the Cape,” says Harvard senior Kyle Berkman. “But for most of us, this is our only castle.”
Inside The Harvard Lampoon , where getting in could be your ticket to Hollywood — or not
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 02, 2006

S.O.S. in the Biggest Little

What a joyful time in the Ocean State.
The possible private takeover of Harrah’s is more bad news
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  October 04, 2006

Updike's plot against America

WFNX's Henry Santoro interviews John Updike on his latest novel, Terrorist . Henry Santoro interviews John Updike   (podcast mp3)
Podcast interview with John Updike
By HENRY SANTORO  |  June 14, 2006

An icon’s icon

He was Andrew Warhola on his birth certificate.
Death becomes all superstars
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 25, 2006