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A Linguist’s Serious Take On ‘The A-Word’

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg wants people to take his new book, Ascent of the A-Word, seriously. “I’d meet people when I […]

Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters And Survival

In Victor LaValle’s new novel The Devil in Silver, a man is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital where a […]

The Eternal Leonard Maltin: The Movie Guide That Gives And Gives

When I was a kid, I awaited the annual publication of Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide with the awe and dread […]

Entirely Real Photos: Model Or Headless Disney Mascot?

This is a model walking during a Maria Sofia Bahlner fashion show from what I am told is the “Swedish […]

Martin Amis’ ‘State of England’: Anomie In The U.K.

Too much is made of literature’s ennobling qualities. There are those of us who come to books for the debasement […]

Exclusive First Read: Zadie Smith’s ‘NW’

The title of Zadie Smith’s newest novel might be enigmatic for Americans. NW is short for northwest London — an […]

Zucchini You Actually Can’t Resist

“Ugh,” my sister exclaimed one evening as we were making dinner. It was supposed to be an easy poached chicken […]

For Bootlegger Brothers, A Twisty Path To Profit

John Hillcoat’s Lawless opens with a scene in which two farm boys urge their younger brother to pull the trigger […]

An ‘Ambassador’ Of Sorts, But Hardly Diplomatic

“If the Congo was the heart of darkness, this is the spleen.” That’s how Danish guerrilla filmmaker Mads Brugger introduces […]

‘Real Romney’ Authors Dissect His Latest Campaign

In The Real Romney, Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman examined Mitt Romney’s political rise since 1994, when […]

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