Column | Oct 31, 2013
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Column | Nov 10, 2013In truth, there has been just one big new Richard Pryor pop-culture artifact of recent vintage, this year's Showtime documentary “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic.” But even that feels like a cavalcade, because Pryor lived such a vivid life, blazed such a clear trail through America, American comedy and American movies that attempted to be comic. When you learn about him, or are reminded of him, he sticks with you. And now comes a new biography that, with fits of lyricism and surprising patches of original research, seconds and builds on the work done by the film and will implant Pryor in our consciousness for years to come — as, the book makes clear, he deserves to be.
Column | Oct 18, 2013 | 12:37 PM
It's a literary parlor game: Is Allan Gurganus the descendant of William Faulkner or Eudora Welty? Or was it one of the Johns: Updike? O'Hara? Cheever? As tempting as it might be to play this game — connecting the author dots to understand a...
Column | Nov 3, 2013
Column | Dec 19, 2013 | 9:53 AM