| Jun 7, 2009
My Father's Tears
And Other Stories
Alfred A. Knopf: 292 pp., $25.95
And Other Poems
Alfred A. Knopf: 98 pp., $25
Of course he was going to write until the end.
Several million words, 60-plus books. No American of...
| Aug 23, 2009
Tracy Kidder's 2003 book, "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World," inspired legions of young people to go out and do something for the poor and disenfranchised. It also lighted a fire under donors --...
| Dec 20, 2009
During the last decade, more than ever before, writers faced the challenge of cutting through the noise. The new millennium began with the enduring influence of W.G. Sebald: his marriage of word and image somewhere deep in the reader's subconscious; his...
| Dec 30, 2009
David Levine, an artist whose witty caricatures illustrated the New York Review of Books for more than 40 years, has died. He was 83.
Levine died Tuesday at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan of prostate cancer and complications from other...
| May 24, 2009
Burn This Book
PEN Writers Speak Out
on the Power of the Word
Edited by Toni Morrison
HarperStudio: 120 pp., $16.99
If Nobel laureate Toni Morrison edits a collection of famous writers on the subject of censorship and the power of the written word,...
| Jan 28, 2009
John Updike, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction whose novels and short stories exposed an undercurrent of ambivalence and disappointment in small-town, middle-class America, died Tuesday. He was 76.
Updike's death from lung cancer was...
| Oct 27, 2008
Who, a year or two ago, could have imagined that October 2008 would heap on us so many tricks and so few treats? This Halloween season must have looked heaven-sent for publication of "The Widows of Eastwick," John Updike's return to the ravishingly wicked...
| Oct 28, 2007
If John Updike had written nothing but novels, his career would still have an almost Victorian amplitude. Since 1959, he has published 22 stout, supple fictions crammed with the minutiae of American life and perfumed, much of the time, with sexual...
| Jan 27, 2009
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For David Foster Wallace, he was one of "the Great Male Narcissists." Martin Amis declared that the last section of his 1989 memoir "Self-Consciousness" was "to my knowledge the best thing yet written on what it is like to get older: age, and the only end...
| Jan 29, 2010
After "The Catcher in the Rye" exploded onto the literary scene in 1951, author J.D. Salinger had what every writer yearns for -- money, fame and critical acclaim. "Catcher" became a touchstone for the teenage culture just emerging in post-World War II...
| 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...