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Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Too soon? For Stephen Daldry's 9/11 drama, the right time is "never."
An extremely exploitative and incredibly bad tale
| January 20, 2012
The hipster Harry Potter
The inside flap of Wildwood — the new young-adult fantasy novel by Decemberist Colin Meloy — claims that the book is for ages nine and up.
Colin Meloy’s fake children’s book isn’t for children at all
| September 23, 2011
In the late 1980s, when I was nine or 10, my mom bought me my own copy of A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Need To Know .
Kid lit, cultural literacy, and the rise of books that are fun to read
| September 23, 2011
A Chat With National Book Award Nominee Nicole Krauss
Based on an informal survey of local booksellers, I predict that Nicole Krauss' third novel, Great House, is a shoo-in to win the National Book...
| November 09, 2010
Jonathan Safran Foer at the Harvard Science Center
Everything is Illuminated author Jonathan Safran Foer likely affected the diets of thousands with his 2009 non-fiction work Eating Animals, an indictment of factory farming...
| September 09, 2010
PODCAST: Jonathan Safran Foer reads from "Eating Animals" [MP3]
One night when Jonathan Safran Foer was 9 years old, his babysitter refused to eat chicken. A confused Foer asked her why, and she blew...
| November 16, 2009
After a summer that started with a monsoon and coasted into its final lap with a heat wave, when we talked about Wilco, celebrity deaths, and Shakespeare in the park, when we feared tasers and crime sprees, and we consumed Mexican food and ice cream, w
What you won't find on your syllabus
| August 28, 2009
Winner takes all
Itamar Moses takes the buddy vehicle and twists it early and often in The Four of Us.
The Four of Us at Merrimack Rep; Spin at Zeitgeist Stage Company
| April 22, 2008
When I saw Marisha Pessl in the New York Times Style Section, meticulously posed on an antique chair wearing a pair of high heels and a coy smile, I cringed.
Why can’t more writers be smart enough to be beautiful, handsome, or at least cute
| August 30, 2007
If Dave Eggers’s career is any indication, the best way to become a writer of importance is to convince everyone you’re a self-indulgent jerk and then pull the rug out from under them.
How the writer of a generation stopped speaking for himself
| February 14, 2007
The best of what's to come in March, April & May
| March 09, 2006
From the ashes
Honest, perceptive, and keenly felt, The Good Life — the story of two couples’ furtive, hesitant stabs at happiness in the brave and fearful new world of post-9/11 New York — is McInerney’s most mature and affecting book yet.
Jay McInerney grows up
| February 22, 2006
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