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  • "The Art Student's War" by Brad Leithauser

    "The Art Student's War" by Brad Leithauser
    "The Art Student's War" By Brad Leithauser Knopf, 512 pages, $27.95 To engage in some literary hopscotch momentarily, consider that the poet and novelist Brad Leithauser, writing in Slate magazine on John Updike, connected his subject with Henry James'...
  • Paperback Writers: Sillitoe's still running

    Paperback Writers: Sillitoe's still running
    Alan Sillitoe, now in his 80s, grew up in Nottingham, in the English midlands, in the kind of squalor and poverty that, a century earlier, gave Charles Dickens nightmares. Sillitoe's father was a violent drunk; his mother, on occasion, was forced to...
  • 'The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps' by William Styron

    'The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps' by William Styron
    The Suicide Run Five Tales of the Marine Corps William Styron Random House: 198 pp., $24 The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
  • God, and Sex

    Chris Bohjalian Reading from his new novel, Secrets of Eden. Part of the Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival. 7:30 p.m., April 13. Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. $30. 860-236-4571, mandelljcc.org. I can’t be the only middle-class...
  • Readers of quality sportswriting bid John Updike adieu

     
    I know I'm two weeks late on this, but in memory of John Updike's death, I should post his most famous contribution to sportswriting. It's about Ted Williams, here.......
  • Philip Roth talks to David L. Ulin

     
    In Sunday’s Arts & Books, Times book critic David L. Ulin visits with Philip Roth, whose 31st book, the novel "Nemesis" -- which involves a polio epidemic in 1940s Newark, N.J. -- comes out Tuesday. During the conversation, Roth touched......
  • 10/10/10: The 10 best 'Best of' books of 2010

     
    At the end of the calendar year, bookstores are swamped with anthologies proclaiming the "best of" writing of the year. There is, apparently, a lot of really good writing: above is just a sample of the galleys and paperbacks that......
  • David Levine's authoritative images

     
    Longtime New York Review of Books illustrator David Levine died today in New York. He was 83. Levine's drawings of authors and cultural icons were exaggerated, but not comical. His political portraits were often pointed -- Richard Nixon rarely looked........
  • Is American fiction dead?

     
    Yes, J.D. Salinger is dead; he died Jan. 27, exactly a year after the death of John Updike. And yes, we lost Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer in 2007. But do four deceased literary lions constitute a death sentence for......
  • A reporter and David Foster Wallace go on a road trip in 1996, recording their discussions.

     
    David Foster Wallace dispenses exactly three pieces of writing advice in “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself,” David Lipsky's transcript of the five days he spent with the author on his 1996 “Infinite Jest” book tour. T...
  • Book’s I’d mount a rescue mission to free

     
    Last week I listed some books I'd hold hostage from the library, just like the Longwood mom who refused to return books she found offensive. (Thanks to those who recognized the threat's satirical nature.) Now that Tina Harden has released her...