| May 16, 2012
Opening Wednesday night with Wes Anderson's oddly endearing “Moonrise Kingdom,” the Cannes Film Festival is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year and marking that milestone by embracing all kinds of opposites: old and young, dramatic...
| May 22, 2012
David and Brandon Cronenberg are the first father-and-son tandem to premiere movies in Cannes in the same year. The 32-year-old Brandon's first feature, a horror-movie-cum-social-critique called “Antiviral,” had its premiere in the Un...
| May 25, 2012
Rob Pattinson stars in "Cosmopolis," a David Cronenberg movie that premiered at Cannes and represents a departure for the Twilight star....
| Apr 24, 2011
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
Selected Essays and Reviews
Graywolf: 422 pp., $18 paper
"Almost as soon as I began writing for magazines and newspapers," Geoff Dyer tells us in the introduction to "Otherwise Known as the Human...
| Apr 26, 2009
The Steppenwolf Theatre feels like a womb. It's warm, dark, soporific, full of voices barely loud enough to be distinguished, a setting beyond time. Outside, the streets of Old Town are laced with spring afternoon snowflakes; on the South Side, at U.S....
| Jan 31, 2010
The reviews of Don DeLillo's last few novels put me in mind of the sports journalist who, after a certain Yankee game, wrote, " Babe Ruth was not able to make any home runs." Critics of "The Body Artist," "Cosmopolis" and especially "Falling Man" seem...
| Sep 2, 2007
They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment.
They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom,...
| Sep 27, 2009
Riverhead: 406 pp., $25.95
Tucker Crowe, the reclusive singer-songwriter of "Juliet, Naked," inspires a cadre of obsessive fans who parse his every lyric and musical move. He's like Bob Dylan, but not as genius, nor...
| Jan 3, 2010
Don DeLillo's "White Noise" (Penguin: 336 pp., $16 paper), newly reissued in a 25th anniversary edition with superb jacket art by Michael Cho, is many different types of novel: a campus novel; the soap opera of a hilariously dysfunctional family; a...
| Sep 28, 2010
Wednesday marked the autumnal equinox - meaning that it is now officially fall.
Despite the recent schizophrenic weather, there have been some signs that autumn is upon us: The start of the school year, the color changing leaves and the return of the...
| Jun 5, 2010
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"A Visit From The Goon Squad"
By Jennifer Egan
Knopf, 288 pages, $25.95
Jennifer Egan's decision to render portions of her new novel, "A Visit From the Goon Squad" (Knopf), as a PowerPoint presentation is: Clever. Edgy. Groundbreaking.
The novel by...