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  • Book review: 'Thoughts Without Cigarettes' by Oscar Hijuelos

    Book review: 'Thoughts Without Cigarettes' by Oscar Hijuelos
    Thoughts Without Cigarettes
  • Paperback Writers: Classic Patricia Highsmith

    Paperback Writers: Classic Patricia Highsmith
    Guilt was Patricia Highsmith's great theme. In her books even the good know they're not innocent, and they carry an apprehension that they too will be found out. "Night was falling quickly, with visible speed like a black sea creeping over the earth,"...

    Some summer books put ideas in the driver's seat

    Summer reading doesn't have to mean light reading. A summer vacation can offer the free time to grapple with weighty themes. Whether you're lying on the beach or pressed against the air conditioner this month, you might give one of these idea-driven books...

    'Fugue State' by Brian Evenson

    Fugue State Stories Brian Evenson Coffee House Press: 208 pp., $14.95 paper Brian Evenson is the Donald Barthelme of psychological horror. Over a career of four novels and five story collections, he has birthed a distinctive, postmodern style for...

    You're so nauseously nice: Getting Insulted by Authors

    Somewhere in New York this week, Bill Ryan might be found standing in line after an author's reading, waiting his turn for a few words and a signature. While some people get nervous waiting to speak to an author, Ryan...