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You have to give a seventysomething writer credit for daring to begin a book with “He’d lost his magic.”
Alice Munro has them, Philip Roth doesn’t
| November 13, 2009
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Need a break from all that required reading this fall? You're in luck. In
An enjoyable reading list
| September 18, 2009
This fall brings fiction and poetry lovers new treats from old friends.
Novelists and poets set fancies flying
| September 18, 2009
We all know Philip Roth’s preoccupations.
Roth goes back to college
| September 16, 2008
One sings, one doesn’t
This year, at least one element in “Boston Film Festival” is no longer true.
The BFF has little to celebrate; the HFA has ‘Edward Yang’
| September 10, 2008
Winners and sinners
Ah, fall, when Nobel Prize winners are announced — and, now, when past winners turn up with more good reading.
Barth, Bolaño, Roth, Morrison, and more
| September 08, 2008
Cruz, who bares all in her finest performance since her days as Pedro Almodóvar’s muse.
Sex and power dominate in this Roth adaptation
| August 20, 2008
For the fourth consecutive summer, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre has been showcasing new work by emerging playwrights.
Smart work from the Brown/Trinity Rep Playwrights Repertory Theatre
| July 30, 2008
The yenta monologues
What do you call a Conservative Jewish lesbian mother of two boys? Very funny, in the case of Judy Gold.
Judy Gold’s Jewish-mother complex
| December 26, 2007
It’s difficult to think of an American writer with a story more inspiring than Ha Jin’s.
Ha Jin retraces his journey
| October 15, 2007
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
| 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
| September 12, 2007
War and peace
More often than not, when an artist gets airplay covering a decades-old song, it’s out of desperation — the sign of a career on its way down.
Cowboy Junkies expand their reach
| May 08, 2007
Call me a literary perv.
How to write it
| February 19, 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
| January 11, 2007
The Paris Review Interview, Vol. 1 introduction by Philip Gourevitch
Picador, 524 pages, $16
| December 04, 2006
Lions and lambs
The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall
| September 13, 2006
Looking for a love
Your eyes met across the (bar/theater/bath house).
An imagined guide to hookups and taped-together missed conversations
| August 30, 2006
This article originally appeared in the August 4, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The Moral Majority's higher education
| August 03, 2006
Brooklyn and the bottle
Donald Margulies’s Brooklyn Boy , which is receiving a creditable Boston premiere production from SpeakEasy Stage Company chronicles the identity crisis of Eric Weiss (Victor Warren), a Jewish writer from Sheepshead Bay now rounding middle age.
Donald Margulies from SpeakEasy, Alcoholics Anonymous from New Rep
| June 19, 2006
Something to talk about
Is it possible to rate the “single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years?”
The New York Times ranks recent fiction
| June 07, 2006
"I don't usually find myself thinking anything's too fucked up," says Sherman. "I write what I want to."
In short stories about messed-up teenage sex, alcholic parents, and other rebellions of the flesh, author Rachel Sherman rubs fiction readers the right way
| May 31, 2006
Absurdistan , an amplified Slavomerican mash-up of a novel, begs for a hyperbolic descriptive sentence to express its catch-all style.
Gary Shteyngart’s satirical mash-up
| May 17, 2006
According to the Greeks, spring is the season of rebirth, when Persephone was released from Hades and mom Demeter celebrated with flowers.
From Roth to Hall, and non-fiction, too
| March 09, 2006
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