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  • Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway

    Critic's Notebook: Under the influence of Hemingway
    For much of the 1980s, beginning when I was in college, I used to read a Hemingway book a year. The point was not self-improvement but rather a kind of exploration: What was it, exactly, about his writing that I'd missed? I had read "The Sun Also Rises" in high school and had admired its spare portrayal of 1920s expatriate life. But I'd also thought of it as more than a little stilted, even melodramatic in its way.
  • Five summers, memorable for the reading

    1974: Unhappy at summer camp, I holed up in my bunk and read Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint" and Bernard Malamud's "The Natural." The camp might have been awful, but the books were anything but. 1980: In June, I attended a writers conference at UC...

    PASSINGS: Ernesto Sabato, Henry Cooper, Olaf Helmer

    PASSINGS: Ernesto Sabato, Henry Cooper, Olaf Helmer
    Ernesto Sabato Argentine writer presided over probe of rulers Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato, 99, a widely admired intellectual who presided over a probe into the crimes committed by the nation's military rulers, died Saturday of complications from...

    Theatre Y offers imaginative look into outcasts

    Theatre Y offers imaginative look into outcasts
    "Exiles" *** Until this spring, Chicago's Theatre Y focused exclusively on Romanian playwright Andras Visky, with productions of "Juliet: A Dialogue About Love" and "I Killed My Mother," both of which have toured internationally. But the company...

    Henry Carlisle dies at 84; author, translator helped bring Solzhenitsyn's work to Western audiences

    Henry Carlisle dies at 84; author, translator helped bring Solzhenitsyn's work to Western audiences
    Henry Carlisle, a San Francisco author, translator and former editor who with his wife helped bring two works by Alexander Solzhenitsyn to Western audiences, has died. He was 84. Carlisle died of complications from pneumonia July 11 in San Francisco,...