| May 17, 2012
When it comes to writing, authors can be pretty superstitious....
| Nov 16, 2010
| 10:20 AM
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...
| Mar 8, 2009
"I shall not, for example, try to evoke a rhetorical chiaroscuro of an intellect suspended in the twilight of the last divine monarchy, exposed to the philosophies of anarchy, communism and socialism, stricken by a loss of free speech; an intelligence...
| Mar 15, 2009
Since Joyce Carol Oates' first novel, With Shuddering Fall, came out in 1964, she has averaged two books a year.
Many of them are novels, though she's also written plays, poetry, children's books, literary criticism, and a highly regarded sports book, On...
| Mar 22, 2009
Blake Bailey does not make it easy for the casual reader of his gargantuan John Cheever biography. But those who persevere will be rewarded with a compelling portrait of a complicated and tortured author, some of whose stories are among the best ever...
| Nov 29, 2009
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....
| Dec 6, 2009
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...
| Dec 6, 2009
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....
| Dec 23, 2009
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...
| Dec 26, 2010
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...
| Sep 12, 2010
Not that long ago, e-books were an oddity: Devices were expensive, and those who invested in them struggled to find something good to read. But the age of preferring paperbacks is starting to look like the late era of CDs — e-books are ascendant....