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Monsters, Myths And Poetic License In Anne Carson’s ‘Red Doc’

You don’t read poetry. That’s fine. Nobody does anymore. I’m not going to make you feel bad about that. But […]

No Ordinary ‘Acrobat’: An Unconventional History Of The Circus

Whenever I think of the circus (which, admittedly, is rarely), the first thing that comes to mind is Bruce Davidson’s […]

Book News: ‘Superman’ Artist Quits Amid Uproar Over Author’s Views On Homosexuality

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. Chris Sprouse, the illustrator slated to work with […]

Second-Person Narrator Tells Readers ‘How To’ Live, Love — And Get Filthy Rich

This is not the first time Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid has taken a risky approach to a novel. His The […]

The Caraway Seed Is A Spice Worth Meeting

I’ve always thought caraway to be an underappreciated spice. It holds none of the historical significance of cinnamon, cloves, pepper […]

In Sly Self-Help Novel, Selling Clean Water Gets You ‘Filthy Rich’

Mohsin Hamid’s newest novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, takes its structure from the genre of self-help […]

For This Pair Of Clowns, ‘Old Hats’ Mean New Laughs

Twenty years ago, theatrical clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner collaborated on a Broadway show called Fool Moon — a […]

‘Dead Man Down’: A Gang-War Drama That’s Practically D.O.A.

Dead Man Down is the first American film from Niels Arden Oplev, director of the original Girl with the Dragon […]

‘Out Of Order’ At The Court: O’Connor On Being The First Female Justice

Sandra Day O’Connor wasn’t expecting the call from President Reagan that would change her life that day in 1981. “I […]

The Devil To Pay In Oates’ ‘Accursed’ America

Some months ago, a fellow writer told me that Joyce Carol Oates was writing a vampire book. It turns out […]

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