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  • Review: 'The Buried Giant' by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Review: 'The Buried Giant' by Kazuo Ishiguro
    If I had to nominate one novel from the last 50 years for preservation, it would be "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's probably the wrong choice — a book without the vast synoptic intelligence of David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest" or the irritated multigenerational empathy of Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections." "Never Let Me Go," in fact, offers none of the expansiveness of novels that set out specifically to sum us up.
  • Literature and the moral question

    Over the weekend, the┬áNational Catholic Reporter reported on a literary award to be administered by America Magazine, in conjunction with Yale University’s St. Thomas More Chapel: the George V. Hunt, SJ Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts and...

    The 12 best novels of the (21st) century

    I have a book-critic colleague with the enviable job of writing about books for In December, Jane Ciabattari put out an email to a few dozen of her fellow critics, asking us for nominations for the great novels of the 21st century. Thanks for...

    Tomorrow Never Knows a sonic smorgasbord

    Tomorrow Never Knows a sonic smorgasbord
    Historically, the Tomorrow Never Knows festival, which takes place Wednesday through Sunday in venues throughout the city, has not been Chicago's most eclectic: Most of its acts skew toward garage rock, indie rock, other kinds of indie rock and indie pop....

    Review: 'Mermaids in Paradise' by Lydia Millet

    Review: 'Mermaids in Paradise' by Lydia Millet
    Now that David Foster Wallace is gone, I think Lydia Millet is the American writer with the funniest, wisest grasp on how we fool ourselves. Take this passage about a Tough Mudder-style competition, from her new novel "Mermaids in Paradise": My...