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John Cheever

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  • Book Review: 'Otherwise Known as the Human Condition' by Geoff Dyer

    Book Review: 'Otherwise Known as the Human Condition' by Geoff Dyer
    Otherwise Known as the Human Condition Selected Essays and Reviews Geoff Dyer 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...
  • Book review: 'Letters,' Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor

    Book review: 'Letters,' Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor
    Letters Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin Taylor Viking: 608 pp, $35 Saul Bellow, being Saul Bellow, coined literary profit from emotional tumult. From personal pain came self-exploration and impish bons mots, poured into the heightened confessional of...
  • 'Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar' by Richard Ford

    "Work, as you will see, is imagined broadly in these stories - as labor, as chores, as business, as duty, as habit, as memory, as art, and as priestly avocation," writes Richard Ford in his introduction to this wonderful anthology of stories about work,...
  • Making the feast easy

    Making the feast easy
    Why not? Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant was once something only people in John Cheever stories would do, those lonely souls who were cut off from their families or who had drunk away their fortunes. Now everybody's doing it. Or at least a lot...
  • Beer Makes Men Smarter, University of Illinois Study Finds

    Beer Makes Men Smarter, University of Illinois Study Finds
    Beer makes men smarter-- well, kind of--according to a study conducted at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Researchers found that men who consumed a couple of beers were better at solving brain teasers than men who were completely sober. The...
  • Word power

    Word power
    Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
  • 'Charles Dickens' by Michael Slater

    'Charles Dickens' by Michael Slater
    This has turned out to be a bang-up year for literary biography, with notable new accounts of the lives of Arthur Miller, John Cheever, Arthur Koestler and, particularly, Joseph Frank's magisterial single-volume distillation of his long years of work on...
  • Astral Weeks: 'Another conversation bleeds into yours'

    Astral Weeks: 'Another conversation bleeds into yours'
    While assembling my notes for a review of the Library of America anthology "American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny" (Library of America, two volumes, edited by Peter Straub: "From Poe to the Pulps," 746 pp., $35; "From the 1940s to Now," 714 pp....
  • Writers Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra share a city and common inspiration: El Monte

    Writers Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra share a city and common inspiration: El Monte
    Aside from their proximity in age, and the fulsome praise they got for their debut novels, Salvador Plascencia and Michael Jaime-Becerra would appear to have little in common as writers. Plascencia's "The People of Paper," which was published in 2005...
  • Favorites 2009: Stories of California and beyond

    Favorites 2009: Stories of California and beyond
    The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson (Viking) A richly reported, closely observed account of the clash of ideals and gallery of historic candidates leading up to the election of a lifetime....
  • Surreal worlds of J.G. Ballard, 'Armitage Family Stories' and more

    Surreal worlds of J.G. Ballard, 'Armitage Family Stories' and more
    1Comfortably over a thousand pages, "The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard" "The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard" (Norton: 1,216 pp., $35) isn't just a doorstop but the door itself, a portal to the worlds that Ballard (who died this year) hatched in his...